Oakland Raiders: All-Decade Team for the 2010s

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Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski

The Raiders all-time scoring leader, Sebastian Janikowski spent 17 years in Oakland.

During the 2010s, ‘Seabass’ had a career-high in field goals made with 33 in 2010 and hit a career-long 63-yard field goal in 2011 — his lone Pro-Bowl season.

In 2012, he hit a career-high 91.2 percent of his kicks, going 31-34 with a long of 57 which you could argue was the best season of his long career.

The next season (2013) would be his worst since being a rookie, only hitting 70 percent of his attempted field goals.

While Janikowski was never the most accurate kicker, his leg power was unmatched, and so he gave you a chance at certain field goals that other teams would have no point in even attempting.

He holds the current record for most 50+ yard field goals made in NFL history, a record he set back in 2016. On top of that and being the Raiders all-time scoring leader, he is No. 10 overall in points scored, and No. 9 in career field goals made.

No kicker is worth a first-round pick, but I doubt many Raiders fans look back at that selection with much regret.

Punter: Shane Lechler

Shane Lechler is not only the best punter the Raiders have had this decade, nor is he just the best punter in Raiders history, he is one of the best punters in NFL history.

Lechler spent 13 seasons in Oakland and made six All-Pro teams. His 47.6 career yards per punt is the highest mark in NFL history, while he sits at No. 2 in all-time punt yards.

While almost none of his best seasons were during the 2010s, he did have his career high in yards per punt in 2011 with 50.8.

Lechler played for the team for so long that when he left for Houston, Janikowski was having problems with the holding from Marquette King, as he was so used to Lechler being the holder.

Ray Guy is currently the only punter who has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, but Shane Lechler has a strong case himself, and very well could be the second.

Returner: Jacoby Ford

Jacoby Ford was instantly one of the fastest players in the NFL when he was drafted by the Raiders.

The Clemson product ran a 4.28 forty yard dash, and was an All-American sprinter in college. His NFL career was short-lived, only lasting four seasons, but he made some memorable plays in those four years.

In 2010 Jacoby Ford had three kick return touchdowns on the season with a long of 101 yards. In 2011 he again had a 101 yard kick return touchdown, but it was his lone returned touchdown of the season.

Ford was no longer the kick returner in 2013, after missing the entire 2012 season, but he is the only Raiders player to have a punt or kick return touchdown this entire decade besides Dwayne Harris.

While a great returner, Ford was never able to develop much as a receiver, as injuries sidelined him too often.

But he did show flashes and was a part of one of the most memorable plays for the Raiders this decade, making an amazing game-winning catch against the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2010.