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When the Raiders’ coaching staff and management stressed competition at every position this offseason, they really meant it.
For the first time in what will seem like forever for Raiders fans, there will be an open competition at punter, and it just may be one of the more interesting to follow throughout.
When the team opted to not re-sign Shane Lechler, it was assumed that the young Marquette King would be handed the job. However, prior to last week’s OTAs, the Raiders added a veteran presence in former Minnesota Viking, Chris Kluwe.
Having essentially stashed King on injured reserve for the entirety of the 2012 season, the team is certainly intrigued by his potential, but he will now have to win the job.
As expected, we are nowhere near deciphering which of the two is ahead or behind in the competition, but CSN Bay Area’s Paul Gutierrez broke down what he saw:
The camp battle at punter is going to be a good one. Recent signee Chris Kluwe put on a clinic with his coffin corner kicks, pinning the returners. Marquette King, meanwhile, was working on an Australian rules-style kick that had the ball traveling high and end over end. The result was two straight drops by the returners. Via CSN Bay Area.
It seems that both punters bring something different to the table, again making this one of the more interesting position battles to follow throughout the offseason.