Best Raiders Twitter follows for 2017 season

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The Oakland Raiders’ regular season is drawing near as the team gets set to play Aug. 12 against the Arizona Cardinals.

On this team, there are no shortage of fun, clever and big personalities to keep Raider Nation entertained.

As such, below fans can find some of the best follow the Raiders have to offer on Twitter below.

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Raiders’ Marquette King wants to set up UFC ring in Napa

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Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King seems to be making headlines on Twitter almost every day.

On Tuesday, King took to Twitter to plead to have a ring set up in Napa, Calif., where Oakland hosts their training camp so he can watch the upcoming UFC 214 fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

The fight should be an exciting bout as both contestants have lost just twice in their careers. Moreover, this is also a rematch from a previously controversial fight, UFC 183.

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Raiders’ King makes fun of Chiefs’ Hill, calls him ‘ugly’

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Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King had one of the most interesting takes this offseason on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

During the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 show, put on by the NFL Network, King was one of the players who talked about the No. 36 ranked Hill.

However, it wasn’t the normal interview that we are accustomed to seeing in these videos. King decided to take a friendly shot at the explosive receiver by saying “it’s always like the ugly people are the best players.”

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Technically, it is a compliment, for King is calling him a great player. Nonetheless, he is still calling his rival, who returned a punt for a touchdown on him last season, ugly.

At this point, one can’t take everything King says seriously, but he does do a good job of keeping Raider Nation entertained during the offseason.

Raiders’ Marquette King pokes fun at Steph Curry’s kicking form

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Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King never shies away from discussing punting, especially via social media. This time, he jokingly gave tips to Golden State Warriors all-star guard Stephen Curry’s punting technique.

The photo King is referencing is of Curry running down the floor kicking in celebration following a momentum-changing three-pointer in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

King better be careful giving tips to Curry as he has been known to prove everyone wrong. Maybe Curry’s next transcendent move will involve him becoming an NFL punter and taking King’s job.

One can dream, but in regards to Raiders’ football, any contact with Golden State is good. Hopefully, the Warriors’ winning ways can rub off on Oakland and result in this year’s Super Bowl trophy coming to the East Bay.


POLL: Who wins race between Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Marquette King?


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Despite it only being late May the Oakland Raiders never stop competing, and three of their most infamous players have taken to social media to discuss who would win in a race.

Raiders punter Marquette King thinks he is faster than quarterback Derek Carr. Meanwhile, Carr made it one of his goals this offseason to beat defensive end Khalil Mack in a race.

There is now a triangle of trash talking going on and the only way to resolve it is for the three to race

King is a punter so attempting to dig up a 40-yard dash time won’t yield fans any results, but he has shown good speed in the past on a broken play.

Carr ran a 4.69 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, which lands him just a hair behind Mack’s 4.65 second 40-yard dash mark.

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Raiders 53-man roster projection 1.0: Special teams

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The Raiders Wire has already done a 53-man roster projection on the offense and defense, but one must not overlook special teams as it can decide the outcome of a few games each year.

Here are our projections of who will be playing on special teams for the Oakland Raiders in our 2017 roster projection 1.0.

Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is the only player on the roster who was there the last time Oakland made it to the Super Bowl. He was a first-round draft pick of Al Davis and has lived up to the hype that comes with being a kicker taken in the first round.

However, father time seems to be creeping up on Janikowski. He still has the powerful leg that he once had, but has been inconsistent with his accuracy often missing in close games.

Janikowski missed two extra points last season, a career high.

He should make the team this year but could be in jeopardy of being cut in the future if he doesn’t turn back the clock or take a pay cut.

Punter: Marquette King

Raiders punter Marquette King, who never shies away from controversy, is one of the best punters in the NFL despite not getting the pro bowl recognition he deserved in 2016.

King killed it last season by averaging 48.6 yards per punt and downing 34 punts inside the 20 yard-line.

He is only going to improve his craft and will be the Raiders’ punter for years to come.

Long Snapper: Jon Condo

Raiders long snapper Jon Condo’s incredible special teams play has landed him a long-term job and a contract worth over one million per year with the team.

His only job is to snap the ball to King and then to run down the field to cover punts, however, there are not many better at their craft than Condo.

His value reached new heights when he went out with an injury in the first game of the 2012 season against the San Diego Chargers and the team fell apart.

Kick/Punt Returner: Jalen Richard

Raiders running back Jalen Richard has shown to be one of the most explosive players in the NFL. His elusiveness and speed have shown through countless times in the running game and in the return game.

He didn’t get as many opportunities to showcase his skills as he should have, due to the new NFL kickoff rules, but made an impact when possible. There was no bigger play than his punt return against the Houston Texans in the playoff game that gave hope during a rather bleak day.

He should get more opportunities at both returning positions to hopefully make more momentum plays in 2017 like he did in Houston.

Raiders’ Marquette King thinks Draymond Green is better than Michael Jordan

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Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King rarely shies away from controversy on social media, and Thursday certainly wasn’t any different from an average day, as King took to Twitter to demonstrate just how little he knows about NBA basketball.

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, King proclaimed Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James is better than former Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan, before going on to take his analysis to a laughable level in his following tweet.

By King’s logic, not only is James better than Jordan, but the Golden State Warriors’ third-to-fourth option on offense in Draymond Green is also better than the greatest player of all time.

This likely goes without saying for most, but it’s likely time for King to keep his analysis focused on the gridiron.

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Raiders’ Bruce Irvin takes shot at Marquette King on Twitter

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Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Bruce Irvin has never been shy to voice his opinion, even when it involves another teammate.

Just recently, Irvin was jokingly asked a question on whether he would play both sides of the football this season, and he chose to respond by taking a shot at Raiders punter Marquette King.

Irvin’s subliminal tweet (and supposed beef) towards/with King is likely related to the Raiders punter taking a photo with Denver Broncos rival cornerback Aqib Talib.

Talib pulling on King’s chain above is making light of Talib ripping off Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s chain in the team’s Week 17 matchup with the AFC West crown was on the line.

Many of Raider Nation, including Irvin, did not like the gesture. Shortly thereafter, King offered his reply.

While the banter likely doesn’t mean much, most of the reaction from Raider Nation was in staunch support of Irvin.

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NFL investigating Marquette King, Marshawn Lynch for ‘violation of gambling policy’

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The NFL is looking into “The Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship” that took place between April 5 and April 9 of this year.

At the event, there were over 30 current and former NFL players including retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King and Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. among others, per USA Today Sports.

One other notable player under investigation is Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison, according to Steelers Wire, who has a storied (albeit dated) history of butting heads with the league.

The NFL was not happy with the decision of the players to attend and compete in the event.

“Had we been asked in advance if this was acceptable, we would have indicated that it was in direct violation of the gambling policy,” Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president for communications and public affairs, told USA TODAY Sports. “No one sought pre-approval,” Lockhart concluded.

The event took place at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The league, which voted in favor of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, have long since wanted to segregate themselves from any association with gambling making the reaction understandable on the surface.

More news to come as the investigation develops.

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