If Marquette King can live up to the hype, the Oakland Raiders won’t be missing Shane Lechler much.
King, who is currently battling Chris Kluwe for the starting position at punter, showed off his strong leg earlier this offseason with an 87-yard punt.
Just watch and admire:
While 87-yard punts are great, Silver and Black Pride believes that King is not worth the hype:
Punting is not all about how far you can kick the ball. It’s not strength and power, it’s precision and science. You know the term “outkicking your coverage”? A 70-yard punt without much hang time is big trouble for a coverage team. It give the return man a lot more room to get up to speed and time to find gaps.
It appears that King may have to work on his “hangtime,” or he will put his team at risk of giving up a touchdown return.
Until then, the Raiders may be better off playing it safe and going with the veteran Kluwe as their punter.
However, King was signed to a three-yaer deal in 2012 for a reason, as the Raiders knew that Lechler was eventually going to leave. If he continues to work on his craft and develop, there will be a day that he takes over the reigns and potentially becomes the next great punter in the NFL.