Daniel Carlson

Daniel Carlson

Kicker

Daniel Carlson is looking to improve his kicking stats this season.  After converting only 19 of 26 of his field goal attempts last season he’s going for distance. In 16 games with the Raiders, Carlson went 8-for-8 from 20-29 yards, 5-for-6 for 30-39 yards and 6-for-10 from 40-49 yards.

Adding in the “please make it” catagory, there is still room for improvement for the 25-year-old kicker after missing his two field goal from 50-59 yards.

Carlson is an asset to the Raiders and is ranked in the top 5 kickers in the league at the age of 25. Daniel was drafted by the Minesota Vikings in the 5th round of the 2018 draft. For a kicker, that’s like the 1st round. then Carlson went on to beat veteran kicker Kai Forbath for a spot on the 53-man roster.

He converted all three extra-point kicks and a field goal in his NFL debut against the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately his tenure with Minnesota didn’t take long as he was released on September 16, 2018, a day after missing three key field goal attempts in a game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Raiders

The Raiders were in the market for a kicker after Mike Nugent was done for the season in 2018. Coach Rich Bisaccia knew he wanted Calson immediately after having evaluated him while he was in college.

They offered Daniel a place on the team. Amazingly, he turned the Raiders down wanting to take time to get his confidence back and his technique down again. A month later he was ready and the Raiders still wanted him. 

During his Raider debut, Carlson made four extra points conversions in a 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Week No. 11, Carlson capped two extra points and three-field goal conversions. His stand-out performance ended with a 35-yard game-winning field goal against the Arizona Cardinals. 

That game also earned him the “AFC Special Teams Player of the Week” title and recognition. He set a Raiders record in his rookie year by converting 94 percent of his field goal attempts. On April 16, 2020, the Raiders re-signed Carlson to a one-year contract. 

Did You Know?

The Carlsons During Shutdown

During Covid shutdown, Daniel spent his time with his pregnant wife at home in Auburn, Alabama. Carlson says that slowing down and enjoying life with his wife has been a growth time personally and spiritually. His faith in God, yoga and reading seem to have grounded him as he is back to playing well.

Daniel and Katherines Little Kicker

The future Raiders kicker arrived September 23, 2020. Lily Katherine Carlson arrived after the first win at Allegiant. Great timing Lily! She may one day be a female kicker in the NFL.. During the summer, Daniel painted the nursery while anticipating the arrival of the little one. Congratualtions to the Carlson family! 

Cory Littleton

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