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Raiders training camp newcomers: Specialists

A week after kicking for the Detroit Lions, Giorgio Tavecchio kicks an extra point against the Seattle Seahawks in an exhibition game, Aug. 28, 2014.
A week after kicking for the Detroit Lions, Giorgio Tavecchio kicks an extra point against the Seattle Seahawks in an exhibition game, Aug. 28, 2014. The Associated Press

From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.

Sebastian Janikowski has been the Raiders only kicker this century and made 86.4 percent of his kicks last season, including 9 of 10 from 40-49 yards.

Last season, punter Marquette King led the NFL in yards (4,930) and punts (109). The Raiders would like the latter number to decrease this season.

Key returners: Sebastian Janikowski (K), Marquette King (P)

The newcomers

Steven Clark | P | 6-foot-5 | 230 pounds

Experience: One year (Auburn)

Last year: He was undrafted and spent time with the Denver Broncos last season.

The skinny: It’s doubtful the Raiders will let Marquette King get away following his solid season in 2014, so Clark will be hard-pressed to begin his NFL career as a Raider.

Giorgio Tavecchio | K | 5-foot-10 | 182 pounds

Experience: One year (Cal)

Last year: He spent part of the 2014 preseason with the Raiders and Detroit Lions.

The skinny: Tavecchio has has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and 49ers. Tavecchio, who grew up in nearby Moraga, told the San Francisco Chronicle he realizes he’s auditioning for the Raiders, but also the rest of the teams in the NFL, too.

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