Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders punter (2) Marquette King against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Marquette King Blasts 87-Yard Punt (Video)

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.

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  • Luis Hernandez

    Lechlar is and probably always will be one of the greatest punters to play the game, but this kid is definitely the future of raider nation. He’s got a cannon for a leg! In those videos, it looks like he’s got decent precision too

  • IllEagle

    Clearly you may want to go back and do some research….

    • goldenbaysports

      Read this excerpt from Silver and Black Pride:

      “When watching Lechler and King punt in camp, there is no comparison. Lechler’s punts are majestic towering spirals off his foot every time. While King’s punts were end over end shots which sometimes went great distances but more often did not. While fans were clinging to the legend they had created, it didn’t match what I was watching.”

      “His play in preseason matched that. He had a big 71-yard boot in week two against theCardinals but also had a punt blocked in part because he messed up his steps. He had a 60-yard punt in week one against the Cowboys but he also had a bad shank that traveled just 18 yards. Even with those two good punts, his net average was under 30 yards per punt. With just three of his eight punts stopped inside the 20-yard line. So, you can see he shows up big in flashes but punting is about consistency and accuracy more than the occasional boomer.”

  • IllEagle

    And he’s got 5+ second Hang time!!!

  • Greg Morain

    I like it, but lots of wind at his back. Check out the net in the video.

  • goldenbaysports

    Well they stated facts in that article, not opinion. I haven’t personally seen King punt, so we can’t just base things off of Youtube videos.