Marquette King is fired up about playing at altitude

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NewRaiders coach Jon Gruden apparently put a low premium on punters, but Marquette King‘s likely to be very happy at high altitude.

Via Peter King of SI.com, the new Broncos punter has flourished in games in Denver, with his already strong leg having even more pop there.

In five games in Denver, his 39 punts have averaged 50.03 gross and 45.51 net yards. In 75 games anywhere else, his gross average was 46.48 and his net was 40.68.

So basically, King’s five yards better per kick at elevation.

Denver’s a punter’s paradise,” King (Marquette, not Peter) said. “The ball definitely travels a lot further. I’ve always enjoyed punting out here in the altitude just because the ball travels further.”

Of course, there’s more to special teams success than just being able to kick the tar out of the ball, and the Broncos coaches are going to have to work to get King used to the difference to keep him from just blasting everything through the end zone.

But getting King (Marquette, not Peter) for a three-year, $7 million deal seems like good business, since he was already one of the league’s strongest punters (and fun, which it’s important to remember the game is still allowed to be).

19 responses to “Marquette King is fired up about playing at altitude

  1. Late in the game and you need a big play?

    Just say something, anything, to this idiot and smile when he gets a personal foul.

  2. A punter rarely changes the game with one kick, but it happens all the time with field goals.

    This Bronco fan would have preferred the team replace the field goal kicker. He was great in the preseason, got a big contract and then missed way too many clutch kicks. Another off season and he’d got to go.

  3. joetoronto says:
    April 9, 2018 at 6:18 am
    Late in the game and you need a big play?

    Just say something, anything, to this idiot and smile when he gets a personal foul.

    spartanlegend says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:13 am
    He acts like a total idiot and commonly gets his team penalties. Not worth it for a punter.

    Yeah, teams should avoid any player that gets ONE penalty a year.

  4. No offense to the city itself (great place, great sports fans), but sports should not be played in a place with its own set of physics. I mean, can you imagine what it would be like if they played baseball somewhere like that? Oh, wait…

  5. proudlydeletingtruth says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:56 am
    joetoronto says:
    April 9, 2018 at 6:18 am
    Late in the game and you need a big play?

    Just say something, anything, to this idiot and smile when he gets a personal foul.

    spartanlegend says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:13 am
    He acts like a total idiot and commonly gets his team penalties. Not worth it for a punter.

    Yeah, teams should avoid any player that gets ONE penalty a year

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    The Raiders as a team took 114 penalties for 1009 yards, led by Mack who had 7. King had one for 15 yards. Spartanlegend, joetoronto, SMH

  6. flviking says:

    April 9, 2018 at 8:12 am

    proudlydeletingtruth says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:56 am
    joetoronto says:
    April 9, 2018 at 6:18 am
    Late in the game and you need a big play?

    Just say something, anything, to this idiot and smile when he gets a personal foul.

    spartanlegend says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:13 am
    He acts like a total idiot and commonly gets his team penalties. Not worth it for a punter.

    Yeah, teams should avoid any player that gets ONE penalty a year

    /////////////////////////////////

    The Raiders as a team took 114 penalties for 1009 yards, led by Mack who had 7. King had one for 15 yards. Spartanlegend, joetoronto, SMH

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    How many penalties did Mack cause from the opposing team, who have to hold him every play? Then how many did King cause the opposing team to get? King Has 3 personal foul penalties in the last 2 season and botched his on fake punt which he called on his own. Enjoy this clown because he will not help you.

  7. spartanlegend says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:13 am
    He acts like a total idiot and commonly gets his team penalties. Not worth it for a punter
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    He’s had 4 personal fouls in 80 games. I guess you and I have different definitions of “common”.

    It’s hysterical the mental gymnastics the Raiders fans are performing right now to defend their over-rated dinosaur coach. Let’s see how that works out for them.

  8. Oh boy, the first punt he shanks, celebration or penality and all these fat couch patato loser GMs here will be calling for Elway’s head.Blame him for global warming too while you’re at it, dopes.

  9. He refused to get the same “Pumpkin Pie” haircut like the rest of upper management, so he had to be let go.

  10. King will be missed. He liked to clown around, but don’t forget that he is a very skilled punter who learned from Shane Lechler, a great punter in his own right. He’s not just a booming leg, the guy can drop it on a dime and coffin-corner too. And show me a punter who compares to him athletically. He makes pretty funny video’s too. Where are the negatives? 1 penalty in how many seasons?

  11. Guess what – I betcha all the visiting teams kickers kick better to when they play in Denver- so it all even outs… Just hate to waste a third round pick on Dickson

  12. This is the exact problem and probably why Gruden dumped him, he talks too much. Punters should be seen and not heard. Much like the longsnapper, if you don’t know his name that’s a good thing cause he’s doing his job. 4 penalties in 80 games is shameful too. I bet Ray Guy didn’t have that many in his career. I bet his penalties are all self promotion and none where he was trying to save a touchdown by grabbing the returners facemask as a desperate last attempt to actually help his team.

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