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ALAMEDA – Punter Johnny Townsend moved across the country for a new job, yet felt completely comfortable.

Kicker Eddy Piñeiro helped with that. The roommates and good friends at the University of Florida were both acquired by the Raiders, and seemed set to hold those positions for the Silver and Black.

Working together was second nature – Townsend’s also the holder – and the pairing certainly helped ease the transition to pro football. Townsend won’t have that on the field anymore. Piñeiro was placed on injured reserve before final cuts, meaning he’s done for the year. Then long snapper Andrew Paola was lost for the year after tearing an ACL on Monday.

Townsend is the lone specialist filling an expected role.

“I felt extremely comfortable when I got here because there was a familiar face in the kicking role with Eddy Piñeiro,” Townsend said on this week’s epispde of The Raiders Insider Podcast. “We developed a strong relationship with the long snapper and had a really clean, smooth operation. It’s never fun when you have to deal with injuries like this.

“Andrew DePaola is an incredible long snapper and showed me the ropes from the moment I got here. …We’re going to go out this week in practice and find a good rhythm with (new long snapper Trent Sieg) and our kicker.”

Townsend must establish and maintain

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