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Thursday, September 19, 2013
QB Matt Flynn getting reps at holder

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Raiders backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who was acquired from Seattle this offseason and is making $6.5 million, is getting practice reps at holder for Sebastian Janikowski.

“We have to be better in that area,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday. “We’ve been good, but we have to improve.”

First-year punter Marquette King had taken over holding duties from Shane Lechler, who held for Janikowski since 2000 and signed with the Houston Texans. But Janikowski has uncharacteristically missed field-goal attempts from 48 and 35 yards out, typically gimme distances for the strong-legged kicker.

Janikowski has made five other kicks, though King took the blame for the 48-yard miss in Indianapolis. Replays showed the laces on the football were not turned all the way out on that kick. The Raiders lost that game 21-17 and had the ball at the Colts' 8-yard line in the final minute.

Both misses have been wide left for the left-footed kicker.

“We’re getting better,” Janikowski said last week. “We’re working every week. It’s getting better every week.”

Flynn, meanwhile, lost out to Terrelle Pryor in training camp a year after being beaten out in Seattle by Russell Wilson.