Raiders: Ranking all 8 undrafted free agent signings

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2. Dominik Eberle, K, Utah State (Raiders)

Daniel Carlson struggled last season, following a year where he went 16-for-17 with the Raiders after being cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

Head coach Jon Gruden even elected to go for it in situations where any other team would have attempted to go for a field goal towards the end of the 2019 season.

Insert Dominik Eberle — a very productive kicker out of Utah State by way of Germany.

I described Eberle as productive, which may not be a word used much when talking about kickers. If your kicker is scoring a lot of points, it means you are settling for field goals. Regardless, it is obviously a positive mark for the kicker themselves.

In 2018, Eberle scored 24 points in a single game which tied an NCCA record. In that same game, he hit three 51 yard field goals, also tying an NCCA record.

Eberle missed on three field goals last season, going 21-for-24 while hitting 8-of-10 of field goals from 40-49 yards, but missing his lone attempt of 50 yards plus.

He has a good chance of making the team in the same way A.J. Cole did last season by beating out Johnny Townsend for the punter spot during the pre-season.

The Raiders have already had success with a European-born kicker before in Sebastian Janikowski. Eberle will be looking to do the same but has to show he can consistently hit on longer field goals, which Carlson seems to struggle with.