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  • driven by daughter’s death | The Sacramento BeeOakland Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff and wife Angela has dedicated their lives to honoring daughter..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Silver Mining 5/21: Loss of daughter 20 years ago still fuels Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff todayNew https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-derek-carr-jersey ,17commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Silver Mining 5/21: Loss of daughter 20 years ago still fuels Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff todayTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by George Rose/Getty ImagesRaiders News Retired Raider great Biletnikoff driven by daughter’s death | The Sacramento BeeOakland Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff and wife Angela has dedicated their lives to honoring daughter Tracey, killed 20 years ago by a drug addict, by opening rehabilitation houses and centers for teens.5 undrafted free agents who could make the Raiders roster in 20195 undrafted free agents who could make the Raiders roster in 2019Raiders OTA primer: Five questions entering important offseason phase | NBCS Bay AreaNothing will be decided for months, but players can make an early impression on an organization looking for improved production in most spots.Why the Raiders took a 'leap of faith' on Vontaze Burfict - NFL Nation- ESPNDefensive coordinator Paul Guenther coached Burfict with the Bengals and believes the linebacker has more to show with the Raiders.AFC West Los Angeles Chargers, DT Gerald McCoy would be the perfect marriageThe Los Angeles Chargers and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would be the perfect marriage.Los Angeles Chargers could be perfect fit for FA DT Gerald McCoy - Bolts From The BlueEarlier today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they planned on releasing long-time defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons.Soon after the news broke, Adam Schefter tweeted out a...Peter Schrager says Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins “looks incredible” - Arrowhead PrideThe 25-year-old Watkins is entering his second season in Kansas CityDrafting Darwin Thompson seen as Chiefs’ most ‘under the radar’ offseason move to love - Arrowhead PrideThe Chiefs took the Utah State running back in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the 2019 Denver Broncos Draft Class - Mile High ReportHow will we remember this class a decade from now?Su’a Cravens says coaches, team a lot more ‘serious, locked in’ this season - Mile High ReportTalking with Orange And Blue Radio, the safety says this coaching staff "isn’t playing games."NFL NewsNFL 2019: Cowboys and four other division winners from 2018 that are poised to take a step back - CBSSports.comWith offseason housekeeping mostly over, Jason La Canfora identifies his five 2018 division winners that could take step backThe NFL’s most improved position groups in 2019 Johnathan Abram Oakland Raiders Jersey , by division- SBNation.comZeroing in on one position has paid off for teams.NFL offseason agendas - Barnwell's to-do lists for all 16 AFC teamsTom Brady needs a new contract. 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Even with no punter on the team, it wouldn’t have been hard to find a punter off the street who..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕AJ Cole knows competition for Raiders punter job continues even with Johnny Townsend outNew,39commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:AJ Cole knows competition for Raiders punter job continues even with Johnny Townsend outTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailOakland RaidersMost thought Johnny Townsend’s part in the Raiders’ punter battle should have ended last season. Even with no punter on the team, it wouldn’t have been hard to find a punter off the street who could outperform him. But with a lost season, punter was the least of Jon Gruden’s problems. So, Townsend remained.At one point this offseason, the Raiders had three punters on the roster – Townsend, Drew Kaser, and undrafted rookie A.J. Cole. That didn’t last long as roster spots are precious and Kaser got the ax. Once that happened Johnathan Abram Oakland Raiders Jersey , it looked like the Raiders might let the competition go through the 53-man roster cutdown following the preseason. After the first preseason game, that battle ended. Townsend was out and Cole was the last man standing.“Yeah, I guess in some ways I probably thought this would go through the end of camp,” said a surprised AJ Cole.“[Special Teams] Coach [Rich] Bisaccia asked me if I had a chance to see Johnny and I didn’t really know what had happened. I said no and then he was just like ‘it’s your time to go, make sure you get your act together and make sure you play the way you’re capable of.’”“It kind of caught me off guard, but to me it just meant that they believe in what I do, they believe I can be a difference maker in this league. I just got to go out there and I don’t have to try and do anything crazy I just have to be myself and play within my constraints and do what I’m comfortable with and I’m going to help this team win football games.”Understand, Cole initially came to the Raiders rookie minicamp as a tryout player and he didn’t even expect them to sign him. The four-year NC State punter never put up great distance numbers for the Wolfpack, but the Raiders were impressed by his pooch punting and saw potential in his occasional booming punts. Since then he’s had the opportunity to really hone in on his skills and be more consistent with those big punts.Those big punts had Gruden comparing Cole’s leg strength to Raiders great Shane Lechler and he even tossed in Marquette King’s name — the big legged, but big mouth punter who Gruden cut even before offseason practices began. The comparison to Lechler in particular, Cole called “unbelievable.”“Shane Lechler’s one of the greatest that’s ever played this position and to even have your name mentioned in that stratosphere is kind of a surreal experience Johnathan Abram Jersey 2019 ,” Cole said. “I mean what he did for the punting position and just the consistency and for so many years. Playing 15 plus years in the NFL it’s incredibly hard to do.”Consistency is the area Cole had to work on the most in training camp. And his strides in that area have been noticeable. The final thing the Raiders needed to see was if he could do it in an actual game. Cole did that in the first preseason game, nailing four punts with no returns and two stopped inside the 20. That was the clincher that ended Townsend’s part in the competition.“Bisaccia said before that it really only matters what you do when the lights come on,” said Cole. “You can be a practice All Star but if you show up in the game and shank the ball and don’t play like you did in practice it doesn’t really matter. You could hit thousands of punts in your life and if you only hit 60 in a season, that’s the 60 everybody is going to judge you off of. And that’s the 60 that they’re going to rank you by and that’s the 60 they’re going to decide your future based on. So, it really only does matter in those situations so I think that going out there and putting a couple good punts on film in a real game probably played a factor.”Being a good holder was also important. He has improved in that area, and he and kicker Daniel Carlson will benefit greatly from Cole no longer having to split holding duties in practice.It’s important that Cole understands this isn’t the end of his competition. First and foremost, he must compete with himself. He must constantly improve in order to prove he has the potential Bisaccia and Gruden see in him. There will be more something like 30 punters hitting the waiver wire soon and Cole will have to show the Raiders enough to keep them from thinking the legs are always bigger on the other guys.“I don’t think the mentality changes at all,” Cole said. “I think that just because I’m the only punter here doesn’t mean I’m the only punter. There’s plenty of really good players that don’t have contracts right now and I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”Cole wasn’t just punting in the game Saturday, he was kicking off. It’s a skill Gruden has lauded because it shows Cole’s versatility. Daniel Carlson isn’t at risk of losing his job as the field goal kicker. Not after hitting 16 of 17 field goal attempts last season. But if Cole can show he can be a better kick off guy, he could be used there. Or at very least he offers some insurance at the position. Cole said he could even be an emergency field goal kicker.Nothing is a given at this point. It’s Cole’s job to lose. Continuing his progress will ensure he doesn’t lose it.Follow @LeviDamien