Carlson was tendered a contract by the Raiders on Friday, Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The 25-year-old took a step back in his sophomore season as he converted 19 of 26 field-goal attempts and 34 of 36 extra-point attempts in 2019, but the Raiders are currently without another kicker on the roster. Carlson was set to be an exclusive rights free agent, and the team still figures to at least bring in some competition for training camp.
Carlson converted three of four field-goal attempts in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Broncos, missing a 39-yard attempt wide left in the process. Carlson, who missed just one of his 17 field-goal attempts in 10 games with the Raiders during his rookie campaign in 2018, took a step back throughout the latter half of the 2019 season. The Auburn product connected on 73 percent (19 of 26) of his field-goal attempts and missed a pair of extra-point tries in 2019. Carlson especially struggled from lengthier distances, going 6-for-12 from 40-plus yards out. He'll become an exclusive-rights free agent in 2020 as the Raiders make the move to Las Vegas.
Carlson made his lone field-goal attempt from 48 yards and added a trio of extra-point conversions in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers. Carlson didn't do anything to negatively impact his job security in Week 16, which is an improvement from the dicey stretch that preceded Sunday's tilt in Los Angeles. He'll look to stay on track during the Raiders' regular season finale against Denver as the silver and black fight for a playoff spot.
Carlson made three of four field-goal attempts and an extra point in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars. Carlson converted on tries from 33, 34 and 27 yards, but he kicked a 45-yard try in the fourth quarter wide left. The second-year kicker has now missed three of his last eight field-goal tries -- all from beyond 40 yards. Still, coach Jon Gruden said he won't bring in kicker competition this week, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. "We are going to see this kid kick himself out of it," Gruden said. " I got a lot of faith in this guy. I really do." For now, Carlson's job is safe, but he'll need a strong end to the season to up his chances of becoming a Las Vegas Raider.
Carlson converted all three of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans. Carlson, who had missed at least one kick in four of the Raiders' five previous contests, provided just three total points Sunday as he was held without a field-goal attempt. A healthy matchup awaits in Week 15 against the Jaguars, who have given up at least 28 points in four straight games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/22||New Orleans Saints||8||6.47|
|3||09/27||@New England Patriots||2||4.53|
|5||10/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||5.68|
|7||10/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||9.75|
|9||11/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||9||6.50|
|11||11/23||Kansas City Chiefs||4||5.68|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||19||7.25|
|15||12/18||Los Angeles Chargers||9||6.50|