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Specialists lead off Raiders on PFF midseason All Pro team

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There’s been a lot of love being handed out for the players who have helped the Raiders jump out to a 7-2 start to this season. They may be nine games in, but half the league has already had their bye week and therefore it is their midseason.

With that in mind, Pro Football Focus released their midseason All Pro team.

Oddly enough, even with all the showering of love for the Raiders players, there was only one Raiders player to make their midseason first team All Pro — punter Marquette King.

He’s received a lot of attention for his big personality, but it’s been his performance that puts Marquette King at the top of our punter grades midway through the year. King recorded the single-highest-graded game we’ve even seen from a punter against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4, and has averaged 41.5 net yards per punt in 2016.

However, King wasn’t the only member of the Raiders special teams that was named among the PFF Midseason All Pros. A surprising addition was Jalen Richard who was named second team as a return specialist. What’s interesting is Richard isn’t even listed among the choices on the Pro Bowl ballot.

Others to be named to the midseason second team were wide receiver Amari Cooper (AJ Green and Julio Jones were first team), left guard Kelechi Osemele (Justin Pugh was first team), and defensive end Khalil Mack (Von Miller was first team).