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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Raiders' Marquette King answered the call

By Bill Williamson

I commended the Oakland Raiders for bringing in veteran punter Chris Kluwe to training camp.

And I commend the Raiders for naming Marquette King their punter heading into the season. Kluwe tweeted Sunday that King won the job and he is being cut.

I think it is the right call and I give King a lot of credit for putting the Raiders in the position of being comfortable with him moving forward. Longtime star Shane Lechler left the team in free agency to go to Houston. King was with the team last year, on injured reserve. King showed a strong leg in the 2012 preseason, but he was green.

Kluwe, who spent eight years in Minnesota, was brought in to give Oakland insurance in case King didn’t show the necessary consistency. However, King had a strong preseason and improved his consistency. He answered the bell. Going with the youngster with potential is the way to go for a team that is rebuilding.

I still expect King will have the occasional growing pains as most young punters have. But it will be worth it in the long haul.