Filling in the shoes of a legend punter such as Shane Lechler is extremely difficult for anybody, but especially for rookie Marquette King.
Lechler, a seven-time Pro Bowler, signed a three-year deal with the Texans earlier this offseason, and the man left to assume the reigns is King, who has no NFL experience.
Therefore, the Oakland Raiders are looking to add a veteran punter via free agency.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson reports that the Raiders recently worked out Jason Baker and Mat McBriar, and are “seriously” considering bringing in a veteran to compete with King.
Baker, an 11-year veteran, last played for the Panthers in 2011, averaging 42.7 yards per punt.
McBriar punted for the Eagles last season after spending his first eight years with the Cowboys. He is a two-time All-Pro team member, earning the honors in 2006 and 2010.
While bringing in a veteran seems like a smart move, some are arguing for the Raiders to give King the job outright. Here’s the opinion of our senior staff writer Brian Banifatemi:
The Raiders were lucky to snag King, as he has a bright future, and showed some promising signs in the preseason. If you don’t believe me, just check out this video of King bombing punts in the air including a 5.5 second hang time. Yeah, he’s legit.
And whenever a rookie comes into the NFL, especially one that is undrafted, you know that they always have to have the utmost confidence and belief in themselves if they want to truly succeed on the world’s brightest stage. In this case, nobody should be doubting King’s confidence.
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