One of the losses you won't see on the schedule is that of Marquette King's smile. The Raiders punter used to stay in the locker room after practice, telling stories and laughing, and was very active on social media. He even hugged reporters after interviews last year at training camp. But this season, King, who holds on field goals, feels he has taken too much of the blame for Sebastian Janikowski's eight misses on 27 attempts. He has stopped talking to the media. King's leg, though, is feeling great. He leads the NFL in gross punting average with 48.7 yards per kick. Coach Dennis Allen admitted Thursday that he has noticed a change in King's temperament. "Yeah, you worry about that, but that hadn't affected his punting at all," Allen said. "So, I don't concern myself too much from that standpoint as far as he's concerned with his ability to go out and do his job as a punter." King had big shoes (and gloves apparently) to fill when Oakland didn't re-sign seven-time Pro Bowler Shane Lechler, who held for buddy Janikowski for 13 years. But he's been a bright spot. Allen especially liked how after two of his punts were blocked this season, King came right back with two, booming beauties.
Raiders punter Marquette King has reason to smile
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 20