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Trio Of Oakland Raiders Recognized For Special Teams Prowess


Offensive Lineman Jon Feliciano, Wide Receiver Johnny Holton, and Safety Brynden Trawick

With a potent offense piloted by quarterback Derek Carr, and a defensive anchored by perennial All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack, it's easy to forget about the Oakland Raiders special teams unit.

Special teams coordinator Brad Seely's group might not have the razzle dazzle that the Raiders offense or defense does, but they were unquestionably a vital part of the team's overall success in 2016, helping the offense secure good field position, and assisting the defense in making life difficult for the opposing team.

The folks over at Pro Football Focus recently put together a list of the best special teamers in the NFL last season, and three Raiders made the list: wide receiver Johnny Holton, offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, and safety Brynden Trawick.

Now, let's take a closer look at the trio of Raiders who really do put the special in special teams; sorry, I couldn't resist.

Punt Team:

Gunner: Johnny Holton, Oakland Raiders

Stat to know: Made three tackles on 29 snaps as a gunner

*Holton also finished second on the Raiders in 2016 with 12 special teams tackles.

Kickoff Team:

Kickoff coverage: Brynden Trawick, Oakland Raiders

Stat to know: Tied with Hull and Michael Thomas with 13 total special teams tackles.

*Trawick finished the season with the most special teams tackles of any Raider in 2016.

Kick Return Team:

Return blocker: Jon Feliciano, Oakland Raiders

Stat to know: All 61 of his kick return snaps came on the back wall.

To see the Pro Football List, click here.

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