When the Raiders signed Daniel Carlson in 2018, he made an immediate impact for the organization. Carlson went 16 for 17 as the Raiders kicker that season, and it appeared that the Raiders may have struck gold. Unfortunately, Carlson showed why the Vikings moved on from him this past season, as he struggled heavily in 2019.
Carlson went 19 for 26 in 2019, only making 73% of his field goals. Carlson also missed two extra points this season. Carlson’s struggles surely hurt the team this season, leaving points on the board in close games.
Carlson missed a PAT against the Chargers, giving Los Angeles a chance to drive down the field and win the game with a field goal, as the Raiders only had a two-point lead instead of a three-point lead late in the game.
Carlson also missed a field goal against the Jaguars, a kick that could have changed the course of the game. He also missed a field goal against the Broncos in the final game of the season, as the Raiders lost by one point.
Missed kicks can completely change the course of a game, and there is no doubt that the Raiders lost momentum multiple times this season because Carlson missed a kick. If a kicker is not reliable, he should be let go.