After missing two field goals in the first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season, veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski seemed to be not himself. Janikowski is known for being one of the best kickers in the NFL, but simply didn’t seem that way in Week 1 or the start of Week 2.
With Janikowski missing the first two of six field goals attempted this season, concerns were raised about punter Marquette King being the holder moving forward. King was able to beat out veteran Chris Kluwe during the preseason in order to replace arguably one of the greatest punters of all-time in Shane Lechler, but seems to struggle as the holder for Janikowski.
Reportedly, the Raiders’ coaching staff might put backup quarterback Matt Flynn to use by trying him out as the holder in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos according to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com:
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn could see the field after all as a holder for place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
Flynn was working as a holder during practice Thursday, and coach Dennis Allen wouldn’t rule out having him assume that role in place of punter Marquette King against the Denver Broncos on Monday night at Sports Authority Field.
With Flynn being beat out for the starting job by a younger and more mobile quarterback for the second season in a row, the new backup quarterback for the Raiders is earning a hefty pay check for sitting on the bench. Terrelle Pryor is clearly the better option after the first two weeks of the season, but that may change if Pryor begins to struggle.
In the meantime, Flynn being the holder makes a lot of sense considering his experience from his days with the Green Bay Packers and King simply not cutting it thus far.