Broncos HC Vance Joseph calls out punter Marquette King
Marquette King was a big offseason pickup this season for the Denver Broncos but only a few weeks into the season Vance Joseph isn’t happy with him. King averaged a net of 28.7 yards on three punts against the Kansas City Chiefs and his best punt of the night was returned by Tyreek Hill 37 yards.
His final punt for the game was a bad one going only 35 yards and going out of bounds at the Chiefs 40-yard line. The Chiefs used that good field position to drive down the field and score a game-winning touchdown.
“He’s got to perform better,” Joseph told reporters via Pro Football Talk. “We’re at home and it’s his job to flip the field. That isn’t happening. He’s got to play better.”
According to Nicki Jhabvala, King was checked out by trainers after his last punt and limped to the locker room after the game so maybe there is some sort of injury hindering him.
Marquette King was limping in the locker room after. He was checked out by trainers after his last punt, a 35-yarder, in the fourth. Said Vance Joseph: “He’s got to perform better. We’re at home and it’s his job to flip the field. That isn’t happening. He’s got to play better.”
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 2, 2018
Last week the Broncos added Colby Wadman to the practice squad in hopes to send a message but it looks like it wasn’t received.
Sometimes punters are overlooked but they are a huge part of each game, and they can be the difference in a win or loss for a team.
There a lot of good punters looking for a job so if King isn’t living up to the expectations, don’t be surprised if the team decides to move on from him and bring someone else in. They could add Wadman who’s on the practice squad, or they could decide to go in a different direction.