I have been keeping a really close eye on the Raiders punter battle between Chris Kluwe and Marquette King, because Marquette is a good friend of mine. While I don’t want to seem bias in any way, I feel deep down inside that King should win this job. While Kluwe is a good veteran punter, King has been improving since day one being on the Raiders roster.
King was brought in last year as an undrafted free agent out of the small HBCU school Fort Valley State. After sitting on the I/R last season the entire year (basically being stashed), he is out to try to win a job. Well in the beginning of the season the Raiders opted to not re-sign former Pro-Bowl legend Shane Lechler, who eventually signed with the Houston Texans. So it looked like it was going to be a one man ship going forward, but Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders organization pulled all strings and signed the veteran Chris Kluwe from the Minnesota Vikings.
Kluwe is an impressive punter, who has tons of experience punting and I respect him because he has really taken Marquette under his wing. When he first arrived it was probably a little strange, but the two have been able to learn from one another, and get better. Kluwe has really embraced the skills of King and has given him pointers to help him get better. He even said in an interview with Peter King on MMQB, that he felt obligated to help King, because he could see him doing something wrong. Kluwe went on to show King what he needed to work on, and even Kluwe was impressed with the quick learning of King. Kluwe told Peter King, that he didn’t have anyone to help him, so he felt it was important to help him even if it meant losing his job to the HBCU super leg.
My question is, I want to know what the fans think? Who will win this battle?
Will it be the super leg Marquette King, who can blast a ball to the moon, but has some problems with consistency but has gotten better day by day?
Chris Kluwe, the veteran punter who has really embraced this competition, is very outspoken, and is probably a better holder?
Tell me Raider fans, WHO WILL IT BE? I personally am going with my friend, but I am bias. So you tell me who wins….