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Many around the Raiders camp had assumed that a four quarterback, two punter, roster was almost imminent when the season opened for the Silver and Black. As of today, this is not the case.
It appears as though the Raiders brought in veteran punter Chris Kluwe under somewhat false pretences. The departure of long time punter for the Raiders, Shane Lechler meant that the punting job was up for grabs. Kluwe coming in certainly gave the impression that he was to be the man for the job. Kluwe was cut by the Raiders on Sunday and Marquette King who has been waiting in the wings for a year, will now get his chance to shine.
Coming out of Fort Valley State, King was almost overlooked when it came time for teams to draft a punter. However, the Raiders did their homework and have really found themselves a diamond in the rough. If you havent already, pay close attention to the leg on this guy, its unbelievable. Being only in his second year, his room for growth is astronomical. Learning from a sure fire hall of famer in Lechler, certainly didnt hurt either.
His numbers speak for themselves, pre season or not, stats are stats. King averaged 53.6 yards per punt on seven punts with a 45.3 net, while Kluwe had a 46.6 average on seven punts with a 37.4 net. Winning is the name of the game, and in order to do so, the best players must be put on the field, that, clearly is King.
With the season opener versus the Colts on September 8th, King will have to put his skills into action, hopefully not too frequently, but this will most certainly be the grandest stage on which he has performed, to date.
In other Raider news, the 4th round selection by the Raiders in this years draft, quarterback Tyler Wilson was surprisingly cut on Sunday too. With so much uncertainty at signal caller for the Raiders, nobody really knew who was going to be kept and who was going to be let go. That being said, Wilson being beaten out for the number 3 spot on the quarterback depth chart by an undrafted free agent (Matt McGloin out of Penn State) was probably not what anyone saw coming.
Unfortunately for Wilson, at pick number 112 in the draft this year, so far, he is the highest pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to get cut. However, it does seem likely that he will be placed on the practice squad, or even snatched up by another team. He also has that nice $500,000 signing bonus, so things arent all bad for the former Razorback.
The coveted starting spot under center has still to be revealed for the Silver and Black, many people are leaning towards Terrelle Pryor, who has looked the best out of all of the quarterbacks in the preseason. This group of mismatched players needs to come together if they are to do some damage this year, as the winning season drought is looking to be ended by all in Raiders camp.