Most of the time kickers are interchangeable or taken for granted. In the Oakland Raiders case, kicker Sebastian Janikowski is a legitimate building block. There is a case to be made, that during the 2012 season, Janikowski was the Raiders greatest offensive weapon. His blend of accuracy and incredible leg strength make him an important part of the team's future.
The former first round selection connected on 31 of 34 field goals and made all 25 of his extra points. Janikowski led the team in scoring with 118 points and made all his field goal attempts less than 50 yards. From 50 and beyond he was a respectable 6 of 9 and nailed a long of 57 yards.
For his 12 year career, Janikowski has converted 324 of 402 field goal attempts, good for an over 80 percent conversion rate. He has a career long and NFL record tying, 63 yard field which he made in 2011. During the last two seasons, Janikowski has made 62 of 69 attempts, which is the best two year stretch of his career. The Raiders offense would like to score more touchdowns in 2013, but it is a luxury to have an almost automatic three points when inside the opponents' 35 yard line.
Janikowski enters the final year of his contract in 2013 where he will make a base salary of 3.8 million dollars. Despite being a 12 year veteran and 34 years old, Janikowski was yet to show any signs of losing leg strength. He continues to be an integral part of the Raiders future and one of their most consistent players.Tags: field goals, Football, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Sebastian Janikowski