We often do reaction posts to moves the Denver Broncos make.
I’ve done a few of them myself. I never thought I would do one for the signing of a punter. But, alas, here we are. John Elway and the Broncos signed Marquette King to a three-year deal on Thursday after he was, in a somewhat surprising move, released by the Oakland Raiders.
As one would suspect, most in Broncos Country loved the move. He’s one of the best in the NFL at what he does and brings major swag. Some hated it, given he was a member of the Raiders. For those in that camp, Broncos Ring of Famers Rich “Tombstone” Jackson and Gene Mingo both played for the Raiders in their careers. Meanwhile, Oakland fans and players were salty.
Denver's net punting average in the last five seasons is 39.87 yards.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 5, 2018
The NFL average in that span is 40.20.
Marquette King’s net average for his career is 41.12.
In an average game (4.68 punts per team), that translates to a difference of 5.9 yards of field position per game.
Welcome to the good side @MarquetteKing, you're gonna love punting here. We don't play on a baseball field, fans actually come to our games, and our franchise isn't moving anywhere. Ever.— Mario Vetanze (@MileHighMario) April 5, 2018
The #Broncos are 12-20 since cutting Britton Colquitt, have been to the playoffs zero times and have won zero Super Bowls.— Mark Haas (@markhaastv) April 5, 2018
It's not a stretch to say 2 players lost jobs from Broncos 21-0 loss to LAC in Game 6. TE A.J. Derby for a crucial fumble; P Riley Dixon after Travis Benjamin returned his low, down-middle punt 65 yards for TD--right after Denver D had 4-down goal line stand at 1. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 5, 2018
We got a SWAG Defense— |VV| (@R0BL3S_) April 5, 2018
We got a SWAG Punter
Now we need a SWAG QB pic.twitter.com/Lr7iR5jKSa
So much salt
Y’all knew that’s where he wanted to b all along— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 5, 2018
MarkWetQueen @MarquetteKing Has signed With The Broncos & Is Still Disrespecting Our Team & Legacy With His Mouth . My VID Response To This Clown Soon But A TRUE RAIDER With Class & Spect ALREADY HAS Responded @BIrvin_WVU11 #RIVALRYStronger pic.twitter.com/PLY8IjNSTj— Raider Central (@RaiderCentral) April 5, 2018
Oh boy... Can't wait to see our old Punter PUNT TO US. Seriously Broncos fans are actually looking forward to not converting on 3rd down and not scoring? Ok whatever makes you happy.— Saynt Raider (@saynt614) April 5, 2018
Bruce Irvin bout to ask Gruden to play ST against Denver so he can get on the field with Marquette King lol— James (@RaidersReporter) April 5, 2018
Marquette King is gone. Go cry. Go write him a thank you card. Get it out of your system. He's a punter. Second, the #raiders have a punter named Colby Wadman from #ucdavis on the roster. He will be fine because if Gruden is the second coming then we don't need him much. Chill.— wilbcore (@wilbcore1) April 5, 2018