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NAPA, Calif. -- Even as he and Giorgio Tavecchio continue to split reps in practice, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski doesnt seem too concerned about his job status.While coach Jack Del Rio has preached open competition at every position, Janikowski had enough motivation already. The franchises career scoring leader turned 38 in March and is entering his 17th NFL season, all of them in Oakland.Having another kicker around to compete for the starting job was no big deal.I get motivated no matter what, Janikowski said Saturday. Thats my job. I have to come in, get in good shape and kick the ball. I worked my butt off in the offseason and I tried to get in better shape. Hopefully its going to pay off.Janikowski is the longest-tenured player on the Raiders roster and the lone remaining link to the Oaklands last playoff appearance in 2002.Since then he has watched as the team has made eight head coaching changes and revamped the roster repeatedly. The one constant has been Janikowski, the 17th overall pick in 2000.It went by fast, Ill tell you that, Janikowski said. It went by fast but (its another) year and I think its going to be a great year for us.Janikowski is entering the third year of a four-year deal he signed with the Raiders in 2013. Hes due to make nearly $4 million in 2016 after converting 21 of 26 field-goal attempts last season.His age and salary could make Janikowski expendable this season, which is why Tavecchios presence in practice is so intriguing.Tavecchio has bounced around the NFL since 2002. Hes spent time with San Francisco, Green Bay, Detroit and Oakland, but has never made it onto a regular-season roster but is pushing Janikowski in camp.Hes an NFL kicker, Raiders special teams coach Brad Seely said. Will he kick for us? That remains to be seen, but its a competition and were seeing whos the best.Sebastian has done this for a long time and has been really good. Obviously hes the front-runner going in. Its like a heavyweight championship fight. You have to knock him out if youre going to take his job.Janikowski is tied with Jason Hanson for the most field goals of 50 yards or longer in NFL history. Barring injury hes almost certain to break the record early in the upcoming season after converting four of five attempts from that range last season.The Raiders bypassed a handful of kicks within Janikowskis normal range last season, raising questions about his future with the team.Janikowski sidestepped questions about that and said the option to kick or not remains with coach Jack Del Rio.I dont make those decisions, Janikowski said. Jack is making the decisions. Thats why hes the head coach. If he wants to kick it, Im out there kicking it. If he wants to go for it, hes going for it.Game notes Left guard Kelechi Osemele and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. were kicked out of practice for fighting. The two got into multiple scuffles before Del Rio sent them off the field. ... 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Utah used a 23-2 run early in the fourth quarter to put the game away as George Hill hit a pair 3-pointers and Rudy Gobert converted a three-point play.Hill finished with 23 and Gobert notched double-double No. 8 with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.The defensive end really helped us on the offensive end, too, Hayward said. Anytime you can get out to good starts like weve done the past couple nights, it gives you a boost of energy. It gets the crowd into it. It makes the game a lot easier.When we get easier shots at the rim, cuts and wide-open layups, it gives the team some juice. Gets that energy going. And gives you a bounce down on the other end, too.Dennis Schroder scored a team-high 16 for the Hawks (10-6) and Paul Millsap added 11. Atlanta shot just 31.3 percent from the field.The Jazz (9-8) won the second quarter 24-11 to push its lead to 48-34 at halftime. They used a 20-3 run to build the cushion, highlighted by a behind-the-back dribble, pull-up jumper by Hill followed by a 3-pointer from the veteran.Atlanta struggled offensively and simply couldnt get stops for long stretches.They are good at protecting the paint and protecting the rim, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. At some point you might want to maybe suck themm in and hit some guys for some open shots then you have to make them.ddddddddddddWhether it is four out of five (losses) or, I think we got beat pretty handily a couple of nights ago, so we need to figure out a way to get out of this quickly.Millsap added, (Gobert) had a part to do with it, but that is probably the worst layup display weve had for a while.TIP-INSHawks: Kyle Korver returned to the lineup after taking last game off to rest. ... Dwight Howard was held to four points on 2 for 9 shooting.Jazz: Boris Diaw made his fifth start of the season at power forward. Trey Lyles had started at the position the last two games. ... Utah won the rounding battle 55-40.THE DEALThe Jazz traded the No. 12 pick of the 2016 draft to the Hawks in a three-team deal that moved Hill from the Pacers and sent Jeff Teague to Indiana from Atlanta. The Hawks selected Taurean Prince with the pick.Hill entered the game averaging a team-high 20.6 points and 4.6 assists while the Hawks handed the keys to third-year point guard Schroder, who entered averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 assists.It doesnt take a genius to figure out that we can get better with a point guard, said Snyder about the trade. You saw that early this season with what George has been able to do.Budenholzer said hes happy with Schroder, but wants more consistency from the young player.QUOATABLEGobert was asked about Howard saying he played a prank on his mother, telling her he signed with Utah as a free agent instead of the Hawks. 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