Second year punter Marquette King looks like the next great punter in Oakland Raiders history. Last season, King was signed to be a training camp leg that had no shot of making the team (Basically an Eddie Carmona). King immediately impressed the Raiders brass with his thundering 70 yard punts but his lack of consistency was worrisome. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made a Bill Bellick-esque move by tucking King away on injured reserve after he suffered a foot injury, so another team would not pick him up.
Raiders legend Shane Lechler was not offered a contract this off-season partly because of the presence of King. Although King showed great potential, his lack of consistency forced the Raiders to sign veteran punter Chris Kluwe. As expected, Kluwe has been the most consistent punter in training camp while King has shown the bigger leg.
However, during the first two preseason games, Marquette King has not only shown he has one of the strongest legs in the game but that he has worked on his consistency. King’s mile high punts have also been a game changer as he has also forced the Dallas Cowboys punt returner to fumble during last week’s game.
Kluwe has not looked bad so far in training camp but King has much more potential for the young Raiders. If King can have another big game next week expect him to finally solidify himself as the next great punter in Raiders history.