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Tavecchio bounced around the NFL for a few seasons prior to finally earning a roster spot with the Raiders in 2017 while Sebastian Janikowski was sidelined with a back injury. Though Tavecchio did a decent job (16-for-21 on field goals), the team brought in undrafted free agent Eddy Pineiro to compete for the job. Early reports are that Pineiro has impressed, meaning that Tavecchio will need to regain some ground in training camp if he wants to earn the job in 2018.
In his first shot as an NFL kicker last season, Tavecchio fared well in place of Sebastian Janikowski, who missed every game due to a disc injury in his back. En route to 16 successes on 21 field-goal attempts, Tavecchio went a combined 6-for-9 on tries of 40-plus yards. Additionally, he made all but one of his 34 extra-point attempts, finishing 23rd overall in total points among kickers. The performance was enough to give Tavecchio another shot as the Raiders' placekicker of the future.
This move by Oakland was to be expected as Tavecchio is an exclusive rights free agent. The 27-year-old kicker converted 76.2 percent of his kicks in 2017 with the Raiders, and missed one extra point attempt. Tavecchio is expected to keep hold of the kicking duties for next year, although he figures to face some competition leading up to the regular season.
With the Raiders informing veteran Sebastian Janikowski (back), who spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve, that he wouldn't be re-signed in free agency, Tavecchio should retain kicking duties for Oakland despite a somewhat uneven first full season in the league. Though he displayed a strong leg on kickoffs throughout and nailed all nine of his field-goal tries in Oakland's first six games last season, Tavecchio regressed down the stretch, missing five kicks over the subsequent 10 contests to finish with a lackluster 76.2 percent conversion rate. It's expected that the Raiders will bring in some competition for Tavecchio during training camp, but the 27-year-old should be viewed as the heavy favorite to win the gig if he's able to display renewed accuracy in practices and preseason contests.
Tavecchio's fantasy value was held in check throughout his rookie year as he posted just 81 total points, including a dismal four total field goals made in the Raiders' last seven games of the season. He'll be an exclusive-rights free agent in 2018, so Tavecchio will hope the Raiders elect to re-sign him.