There are very few players in the league who will be replacing an NFL legend this season. Yeah Shane Lechler was a punter and not a quarterback, but he had put up the greatest numbers a punter has ever had in his tenure with the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders have just announced that the young Marquette King was won the job to replace Shane Lechler. Fan favorite King has won praise from the Raider Nation because of his booming 70 yard punts in practice and in preseason games.
King has all the potential to become a great punter in this league which is why general manager Reggie McKenzie put him on injured reserve last season in a Bill Belichickesque move. King was supposed to be another training camp leg last season but his punting prowess in training camp and preseason led the Raiders to not even offer Lechler a contract this season.
It will be up to King to prove that he can be consistent enough to become the Raiders punter for the foreseeable future. While his leg is substantially stronger than Kluwe’s, he has showed that he cannot consistently punt the ball well. Unfortunately, the Raiders will most likely be forced to punt a lot this season because of an unproven offense.
Expect King to be one of the leaders in yard per punt but he must learn how to directionally kick the ball instead of kicking everything out of the end zone. King has all the ability in the world to be the Raiders punter well into the 2020’s.