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No team in NFL history has had a more successful run of punters than the Raiders. The had the first great pure punter in Hall of Famer Ray Guy. They had statistically the best punter in NFL..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕AJ Cole development has mighty similar feel to career start for Raiders most recent punter success storyNew Bo Jackson Jersey White ,37commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:AJ Cole development has mighty similar feel to career start for Raiders most recent punter success storyTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailOakland RaidersNo team in NFL history has had a more successful run of punters than the Raiders. The had the first great pure punter in Hall of Famer Ray Guy. They had statistically the best punter in NFL history, Shane Lechler. And when Lechler left the Raiders after the 2012 season, they didn’t miss a beat with Marquette King.King spent time as the Raiders next great punter ended much sooner than it should have. He let his off the field antics and his mouth run him out of Oakland and soon out of the league. A tremendous talent became a cautionary tale. But if you go back to when he was still just a budding NFL hopeful, you will recall there was a lot of buzz surrounding his potential.What we knew about King early on was when he really got ahold of one, he could launch some moon shots. But early on, those moonshots only happened every few punts. In between, it was shank city. In other words, it was all about becoming more consistent.With King, the Raiders could afford to be patient. They still had Lechler, so they stashed King on IR and gave him a year to improve his consistency. And improve it he did, becoming one of the best punters in the league over five seasons in Oakland.Gruden came in as coach and before he ever met King, he was already tired of the sideshow and cut him. Then he drafted Johnny Townsend in the fifth round and hoped to move forward. Well, Townsend finished the season as statistically the worst punter in the league. Had the Raiders not pressed the eject button on the season after week six, they would most likely have done so with Townsend at some point.As soon as the season ended, they signed former Chargers punter Drew Kaser to compete for the job. Then following the draft, they worked out severl undrafted punters including former NC State punter AJ Cole. Much to Cole’s shock, he got the job. He explained the moment that landed him his contract.“On the last day of Rookie minicamp, which was Sunday, we had a punt of like nine plays or eleven plays or something like that,” said Cole. “Basically I got the impression that if I kicked well, I was going to get a contract and if I didn’t kick well I was going to be on the Southwest flight back to Atlanta at 2:20. They put a lot of pressure on that moment because that’s what it’s about. It’s what can you do in pressure situations, what can you do when all the eyes are on you and obviously I punted well enough to still be here.”He punted and held well enough that the team let go of Kaser and narrowed the competition to between he and Townsend.Working in Townsend’s favor is his holding abilities and his familiarity with kicker Daniel Carlson. Carlson had hit 16 of his 17 field goal attempts last season, including 15 in a row. And he did so with Townsend as his holder. Most everything else about Townsend’s performance does not speak well of him. He was basically the worst punter in just about every meaningful punter category. Having a big leg was never expected of Townsend. Raiders special teams coach Rich Bisaccia said many times that Townsend is a directional kicker. Unfortunately, the direction of Townsend’s punts often didn’t matter much because far too many times they didn’t get more than 35 yards past the line of scrimmage. And sometimes much worse.Cole has a leg up (so to speak) in that area for sure. And he’s gaining ground as a holder as well.“Well, he has a tremendous leg,” Bisaccia said of Cole. “He has a natural hang to him, kind of even on his bad ball he can kind of get away with it. He’s a high-hit guy on his contact on the ball and he’s really improved his holding as he’s come along. And he can kickoff, so it gives us a little bit of an advantage that way with having the ability to have two guys that can kickoff through preseason.”That kickoff ability is handy. But that big leg is where he will make a career. That and pinning opponents inside their own 20.“I did the pooches really well in college,” said Cole. “And I know that’s something that caught their eye, the inside the 20 punts. I think that’s something that I put on film in college. And when I got there for rookie minicamp, I think I showed them that I can hit a pretty big punt, good hang time, good distance, and I can control it as best I can. I think I showed them that I have the skills that it takes to try and perform at this level and I just need a little bit of coaching up and get a little comfortable in the system and start to play the way I want to.”When he first arrived, Cole said his timing was off. He wasn’t able to get the punt off as fast as he needed. That area he said is where he wants it to be now, but there’s still the issue of making good contact with the ball on a consistent basis.“I just think the level of consistency that’s required at the NFL level is a higher level,” said Cole. “There’s only 32 jobs, you gotta be perfect or pretty close on every single rep. So, just working on that consistency was a big area.”What’s interesting to me about all this is how much it reminds me of Marquette King when he first came to the team. The one thing King had was a big leg. He struggled with his timing, he struggled with his consistency, and he struggled as a holder.For King’s part he was far more raw in most every area being that he was a converted receiver. Cole is an experienced punter from a major college program. On one hand, he doesn’t have the excuses for lacking in those areas. On the other hand, he’s much closer to what the Raiders would want from him and therefore wouldn’t require a ‘redshirt’ year to get up to speed.Cole’s shanks are not as frequent as King’s were in his first camp and his holding is simply a few tweaks from being right where they need to be as well.Having a rapport with the kicker as a holder is important, it should work in Cole’s advantage as well that he and Carlson are roommates in camp.If Townsend is to hang onto his job heading into the season, he will need to show he has improved leaps and bounds from his rookie campaign. Otherwise, the upstart, wide-eyed undrafted rookie who came into Oakland thinking he had little chance of even being a camp leg, is going to jump up and take that job. He’s well on his way already.Follow @LeviDamien It’s been a few months, but Derrick Tindal still isn’t sure why he wasn’t in an NFL camp this spring or summer.The former Wisconsin cornerback felt a tinge of sadness after going unwanted https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-derek-carr-jersey , but that feeling was quickly replaced by another emotion.More Badgers coverageFormer Badgers star J.J. Watt out for season with injuryPhotos of the Week: 10/20/19 – 10/26/19Badgers plummet to No. 18 overall in AP Top 25 pollUpon Further Review: Badgers not in same league as Ohio StateLindmark lifts Badgers to 4-3 win over Clarkson“I felt more relief,” Tindal said, “like I didn’t have to do it no more. All the hitting, all the everything, it was some weight lifted off my shoulders.”Tindal was definitely eyeing the NFL after four years at Wisconsin. He participated in pro day, and although he wasn’t overly happy with his showing there, Tindal’s agent had him convinced he would be a late-round draft choice. And if he happened to go undrafted, then certainly he’d be signed as a free agent.When that didn’t happen, and as he realized he wasn’t even going to get a chance to try out for a team at a rookie minicamp, Tindal wondered if his injury history was holding him back. While he missed only three games in his four years at Wisconsin — and started 38 of his 52 games — he broke a wrist as a junior and fought through an ankle injury as a senior.But with his body of work — six interceptions, 26 passes broken up, making All-Big Ten teams his last two years — Tindal thought he had at least earned a chance“When all the free agents were getting picked up I was like, yeah man, I did all this, all this through the injuries … I didn’t do nothing at all?,” Tindal remembered thinking. “I didn’t do nothing to deserve a chance to walk it up to rookie camp? I was like, I ain’t going to keep beating myself up about this, I have to do something I really want to anyway.“I did ask why at first, but then it was then almost sad, then it wasn’t like I was missing anything. Yeah, the money probably, but I’ll find another way to make that.”While his agent mentioned the possibility of the Canadian Football League or one of the arena leagues, those had no appeal to Tindal. He was done with football, period. Besides, Tindal has greater plans.It all begins for Tindal with a book. Or should we say books.A noted superhero and comic book enthusiast, Tindal has written a graphic novel (although, he notes it is not, as one might expect, about a superhero) and has grandiose plans beyond that.The book, entitled “Taletrius Johnson: The beginning of the end” — the main character is named after Tindal’s cousin, Taletrius Bradley, who was killed in a car accident last year — is written, but Tindal, who admits he’s no artist, is waiting on the drawings to be completed by others.That hasn’t stopped Tindal from starting to write his second book. And he has plans for more. A lot more.“I have other book ideas. I’m probably not going to be able to write all these books myself, you feel me? I have other ideas, other pitches, to feed off my book,” Tindal said. “I have two more other characters that have their own solo books that can mix with my book. I’d like to sign someone to write those books for me and take over that character. But basically I have to get (the initial one) published first and do good with that book.”But Tindal isn’t just focusing on books (although everything eventually ties back to them). He still has two semesters to complete at Wisconsin — he’s majoring in human development and family studies — in order to get his degree, which he plans on applying in the real world right away.Tindal has worked with kids in the Madison area while in school. He envisions himself founding an organization to help underprivileged children, whether it’s helping them obtain scholarships to college, teaching them football with a camp (it will be free, but promotionally tied in with his brand) or showing them aspects of life they might not have known existed — such as reading and writing comic books.Tindal aims to start his mentoring in Wisconsin but wants to get to South Florida “as quick as I can.”Tindal grew up in the Boulevard Gardens neighborhood of Ft. Lauderdale, an area that, per Tindal’s previous comments, doesn’t present kids with many opportunities outside of sports or the street life.His goal: give kids from that neck of the woods the opportunities he never had.“That’s what I want to do (get kids out of his neighborhood). Teach kids, manage their life,” Tindal said. “I never wanted to be just DT the football player, you feel me. I always read comic books Derek Carr Jersey White , I always loved comic books. And I never thought it was cool when I was young to read comic books. And who knows, if I was to have started to write when I was younger I probably wouldn’t even been playing football. I would have found other interests.“But I definitely want to show kids, especially from rough neighborhoods, that it ain’t just football, it ain’t just music or the streets. We got different ways. I feel kids follow whatever is cool. A lot of kids look up to me, a lot of kids see me as cool, (he can) show them ‘He made a book, why can’t I? Why can’t I be a doctor now?’ Anything.”To his point, Tindal’s books should relate to his audience. After all, that’s who he’s written them for. Some of the plots Tindal uses are taken from his life, his friends or people he’s known.“I’m trying to get a different view, a view from our side of things when it comes to superheroes and gods and stuff. It’s a twist to a different kind of superhero,” he explained. “I write it like me and my friends talk to each other. I use the slang we talk to each other. Not like curse words, but like the slang words we say to each other, the different meanings. I want to put a dictionary in the book so people know what I mean when the words are being used.”For now, though, Tindal waits. And goes to class. And relaxes, something he didn’t get to do much of when he was playing football, what with the early morning workouts, practices, traveling and games.“Basically (he’s) learning how to be a normal student at stuff, just sitting back chilling,” Tindal said.Like many people, Tindal spends his Saturdays and Sundays watching football instead of playing it. He enjoys watching his former teammates play all weekend, but especially likes listening to announcers call Badgers games.“On the field you always kind of wonder, ‘I wonder what the commentator said about (a particular play)’,” Tindal said with a laugh. “It’s just fun watching it, sometimes the commentator talks crap and I talk crap to them even though they can’t hear me through the TV set.”Tindal still maintains relationships with his former teammates, including Nick Nelson (“I talk to Nick all the time,” he said) and Natrell Jamerson, both of whom were drafted this past year and landed on 53-man rosters. Both Nelson and Jamerson have told Tindal that from what they’ve seen, he should be in the league, too.But Tindal harbors no bitterness.“I’m really just happy to see them (in the NFL),” he said. “A lot people don’t believe me when I say this, but I’m really, like, OK without playing. I’m perfectly fine. I honestly haven’t felt this good in 23 years and I’m 23 now. I’m great.”Besides, a relationship with the league is all part of his master plan.“Hopefully I can get the NFL to run some of my commercials if I drop a movie in the future,” “I don’t have no beef with them.”First things first, though: Tindal has to get the book into people’s hands, which not only includes having it completed with the drawings — it’s hard to have a graphic novel without them, after all — but also getting it published.Tindal doesn’t talk about his plan being an “if” but rather a “when.” If there’s two things he doesn’t lack, though, its confidence and optimism. Everything is set in motion, and it begins with his book.“It’s going to be fun for people to read,” Tindal said before adding, “I just hope people give it a chance.”He’s earned it.
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