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The Raiders are now on a punter hunt,Authentic Sidney Jones Jersey, a surprising turn considering Marquette King was locked up long-term.

King was released Friday afternoon with three years left on a contract extension signed in 2016. His loss gave the Raiders $2.9 million in salary cap space and an immediate positional need.

originally signed to help King get through the offseason program. The UC Davis alum has no NFL playing experience,Authentic Rasul Douglas Jersey,Colby Wadman is the only punter on the Raiders roster,Womens Donnel Pumphrey Jersey, with only rookie minicamp tryouts with the Raiders and Indianapolis Colts last year to his credit.

The free agent well is virtually dry. Brad Wing the only active punter who had a job last year left on the street. He was analytics site Pro Football Focus' lowest-rated punter a year ago.

some with vast potential. The Raiders have a glut of later-round selections,There are more options in the NFL Draft, including two in the fifth round and four more in the sixth.

and pay far less for a punter than King might've cost. The Raiders are right up against the NFL salary cap, and needed to create space for their roster overhaul. They also must budget for paying their draft class,Womens Alshon Jeffery Jersey,The Raiders could certainly find some quality with those picks,Womens Rasul Douglas Jersey, meaning a few more veterans might get cut in coming weeks.

though Alabama's JK Scott is well reviewed,Authentic Donnel Pumphrey Jersey,Texas' Michael Dickson is NFL.com's highest-rated punter in the draft � he also won 2017's Ray Guy award -- and the site suggests he could be had in the fourth round. That seems a smidge high,Womens Mack Hollins Jersey, with a fifth-round departure expected. Bowling Green's Joseph Davidson and Florida's Johnny Townsend are rated high.

The Raiders signed King as an undrafted free agent,Authentic Jordan Hicks Jersey, seeing great potential and Shane Lechler's heir apparent.

The Raiders didn't blindly make this move,Authentic Mack Hollins Jersey, and clearly have someone in mind to take King's spot.

with Andrew DePaola replacing long-time long snapper Jon Condo. Giorgio Tavecchio also retained Sebastian Janikowski's job as Raiders kicker,Raiders specialists will have a new look this year,Womens Sidney Jones Jersey, one just before 2017 and held all year.
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and he flunked the arm test.,Jerick McKinnon didn't fare well in the eyeball test

When he was in high school, from a large college program. Illinois was interested in him as a defensive back and one day sent an assistant coach to his Marietta, the University of Illinois, the 49ers' new lead runner had exactly one suitor, Ga., high school expressly to measure McKinnon's arms.

They were short.

Illinois ended up giving the scholarship to another defensive back prospect from the Chicago area with longer arms. McKinnon is now in the NFL and recently signed his second contract; the kid from Chicago isn't.

The lesson – and one that McKinnon has administered several times since – is that the experts were sizing up the wrong thing.

Billy Shackelford," McKinnon's high school coach, said. "And I'm not saying this because he's arrived and he's in the NFL now and all that. I told people this when he was a young,"He's an exceptionally hard worker, undersized kid I was trying to sell to colleges: There's not going to be a kid on your football program that's going to outwork him."

he's 3 inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than the 49ers' top running back the last three seasons,That attribute is directly related to McKinnon's perceived weakness: He never was very impressive to behold. At just under 5-foot-9, Carlos Hyde.

When Shackelford first met him, he had quick feet and soft hands, stick-like frame like a lollipop. Sure, but even as a junior, the coach called him "Blow Pop" because his head sat upon a skinny, he was moonlighting on the junior varsity team because Sprayberry High School had bigger, better kids playing quarterback and running back.

"This is a guy who's an NFL running back who was not starting at running back for us," Shackelford said. "Why is that? Because he wasn't our best guy yet."

But at some point between his junior and senior years, clank of the gym became the soundtrack to his life. No one was more dedicated, clack, McKinnon realized he could use the weight room to catch up to – and surpass – his peers. The click,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, and by college,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, he was lifting more than the offensive linemen who were more than 100 pounds heavier than him.

McKinnon's coach at Georgia Southern,Most coaches have to relentlessly prod their players to train harder. Jeff Monken,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, had to do the opposite.

'Look,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey," Monken said. "It was, you're strong enough,"There came a point in his career in college where we just shut him down,' and frankly some of the squats weights – he was putting up high 500 (pounds) in the squat and he didn't need to go to 600 to prove to us he was strong enough. We wanted him to retain that power but not get him hurt."

Both Shackelford and Monken had the same issue when trying to send McKinnon to the next level: No one was clear on how they should use him.

" ' " Shackelford said. "I don't even know what the hell that means. It was,"I heard this word a bunch: 'He's a "tweener, 'He's kind of between a (defensive back) and a receiver and a running back.' "

Monken recruited McKinnon to play quarterback at Georgia Southern, while running for 1, he was more runner than thrower. He attempted 17 passes his entire senior season, for example,050 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns on the ground. He lined up at quarterback, which at the time was a Football Championship Subdivision program. But in the school's triple-option attack, McKinnon even started at cornerback and came away with two interceptions., at wing back, at slot and at receiver. In one game early in his college tenure

master of none,The NFL wasn't quite sure what to make of him. "Jack of all trades," his pre-draft profile on NFL.com read. "Would benefit from focusing on one position and will require some time to develop."

at best, a seventh-round selection. The Vikings instead took him in the third round but for four seasons mostly used him as a third-down,That report thought he'd be, change-of-pace-type runner.

however,McKinnon's versatility, is precisely why Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers pursued him so aggressively in free agency.

Shanahan was seeking someone who could run between tackles and catch passes equally well, couldn't supply. On many snaps, a more traditional running back, something that Hyde, McKinnon will operate like a conventional tailback. On others, the 49ers will line him up out wide like a receiver and hope the defense sends a 245-pound linebacker to cover him.

"Everyone talks about running back and stuff – they need a new position to name people," Shanahan said. "Because he plays running back and receiver and tight end – he does all that. You use him the same way you use all these positions. He's a very good running back. But he also brings a lot of other stuff to the table."

where his older brother, McKinnon received no offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools and no interest from the powerful Southeastern Conference teams he grew up watching. That included the University of Florida, Lester Norwood,Back in high school, played.

" he said. "I wasn't one of the top guys that they were giving offers,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,"I pretty much was on the back burner,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, scholarships to. I was more of a 'we'll wait-and-see' type guy."

McKinnon spent the next four years making those schools sorry for putting him on hold.

he was part of a rushing attack that rolled up 302 yards against mighty Alabama. The next year,In 2011,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, he ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns versus Georgia.

He saved his biggest blow for last. Georgia Southern closed out the 2013 season at Florida, where McKinnon had sat in the stands watching his brother.

It was what's known in college football as a "money game." Georgia Southern received $550,000 in exchange for what was expected to be a mere tune-up for the Gators' upcoming match against rival Florida State.

however, took the money and ran all over the heavily favored home team. In his final college game,The Eagles,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, McKinnon rushed for 125 yards and scored the winning touchdown on an outside run with 2:57 remaining.

"I remember watching that and I remember thinking he was the best one on the field," Shanahan said. "When you're the best player on the field for Georgia Southern playing against Florida in Gainesville and they're having a hard time tackling you? That says a lot about the guy."

Shackelford said anyone doubting whether McKinnon is big enough to be San Francisco's lead runner ought to remember what happened in college.

"A lot of people don't think he's a three-down back," Shackelford said. "They think he's a third-down guy. And I'll be very frank with you: It pisses him off. It makes him mad. It's what all the colleges told him out of high school: He wasn't big enough. And I hope everyone says he's not big enough. Because all that's going to do is make him an absolute dog for the 49ers."
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