The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson knows his unconventional punting

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
1 message Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson knows his unconventional punting

huangjian123
style is likely to catch the eye of a few kicking enthusiasts in England.Punts don't score points http://www.thepatriotsfootballauthentic.com/shaq-mason-jersey-authentic , though, so he believes the fans might be a bit more dazzled by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski."The drop kick is cool," Dickson said. "You do that in rugby a lot. I don't know if we'll be doing it too much ... so (Janikowski) hitting a few field goals will probably get the crowd pretty happy, I'd say."Dickson found himself in the spotlight on Sept. 17 when he tried a drop kick during a kickoff, and later an onside kick, in the Seahawks' 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.On Sunday, the rookie from Sydney by way of Texas will take his technique to London as the Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in the first of three NFL games to be played at Wembley Stadium this season.The drop kick may be much more common in rugby, but Dickson, who didn't touch a football until 2014, never played the sport. Instead, he grew up playing Australian Rules Football, and as a defender, it was partly his responsibility to kick the ball away."I had a big kick when I was playing Aussie rules football, so I decided that I wanted to give (the NFL) a go one day," Dickson said. "I didn't really know about the college football process or anything and hadn't really watched much American football. I just knew I liked it when I tried out and met an Australian punting coach, and it kind of just took off from there."Seattle liked Dickson enough to trade up with the Denver Broncos to draft him in the fifth round. He unseated Jon Ryan, the Seahawks' punter for the last 10 seasons, and in Week 1 became the first NFL player to average more than 59.9 yards on six punts — including a 69-yarder in the third quarter of a 27-24 loss at Denver."Field position is enormously important to our style of play, and Michael kicking the ball deep, pinning them back, is important, but (so is) changing the field with some kicks that he's capable of doing — not to mention the other things," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "The placement of the ball and the things like that ... (are) a lot of really cool things that you don't normally get from a punter, so we're just trying to go with it and really understand how to better utilize him."A few of those cool things were unveiled against Chicago, with Seattle turning to Dickson rather than Janikowski to try to pin the Bears deep after they were penalized on a third-quarter extra point attempt.Dickson, from the 50, kicked the ball after a bounce to the Bears 1-yard line, where it was returned to the 15 by Anthony Miller. It was the first drop kick since 2015, when the New England Patriots' Nate Ebner, an Olympic rugby sevens player Womens Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , tried it on a kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.If that wasn't enough, Dickson was called upon to try to drop kick an onside kick with 14 seconds remaining, but the Bears recovered it."It's always a concern and it's a little unpredictable where it can go, but in a way, you like that," special teams coach Brian Schneider said. "The good thing is you can disguise it where you want it to go much easier than if it was a kicker."Dickson, who entered the week fourth in the league with 1,348 gross punting yards, downplayed the drop kicks, saying there are a number of factors that go into how and where he punts the ball.Fittingly, the last thing he wants is to become predictable."Depending on what teams show what fronts they have and what personnel they have out there, you know, different kicks work for different teams," Dickson said. "There is some room, but it's not going to be an every week thing."NOTES: Carroll said the Seahawks decided upon a Thursday arrival in England after studying other teams' previous routines. "We took full advantage of the Mercator route and in doing so, it was like a nine hours or something flight," he said. "It worked out. It was great." ... Safety Kam Chancellor traveled with the team in a support role. Chancellor remains on the physically unable to perform list after injuring his neck last season and is unlikely to be cleared to resume his career. ... LB K.J. Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, but Carroll said TE Nick Vannett, who sat out Wednesday, is "fine." For any New England Patriots wanting to say hello Sunday to former teammate Danny Amendola, they most likely can find him running over the middle.But they already knew that. That's where Amendola made his living for five seasons with the Patriots, and that's where he has made an impact so far with his new team, the Miami Dolphins.The veteran receiver faces his former team this week and said he's excited to return to Foxborough, although he's not sure what form the reunion will take."They have a lot of great people there," Amendola said. "I can't sit down and talk to all of them. I'm going to just focus on the game, and whoever I get to hit or handshake, that's fine with me."He'll likely be hit, too. Amendola's hallmark is pass patterns over the middle, where he willingly exposes his 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame to jarring blows.He has been effective that way for the surprising Dolphins http://www.thepatriotsfootballauthentic.com/kyle-van-noy-jersey-authentic , leading them with 11 receptions. While he has totaled only 100 yards, he has drawn attention and opened up the flanks to speedier receivers Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.As a result, Ryan Tannehill ranks third in the NFL in yards per attempt, and the Dolphins this week have a chance at their first 4-0 start since 1995.Tannehill loves Amendola's contribution to the offense, and his willingness to work between the hash marks."It's huge," Tannehill said. "To have the confidence and the bravery — I don't know the politically correct word to use here — to stand in there and make those catches in tight windows, knowing that you're going to take some punishment afterward, is huge. Some guys can't do it, but if you look at Danny, he's a guy who has done it for his whole career and continues to do it. So, yes, it's awesome to have. It definitely keeps the chains moving for us."Miami coach Adam Gase wanted to improve the culture of his team after going 6-10 last year. So the Dolphins parted with high-maintenance receiver Jarvis Landry and signed Amendola to a $12 million, two-year deal.With 13 postseason games and two Super Bowl rings on his resume, Amendola has brought to Miami the anticipated intangibles, Gase said."Just seeing him every day in meetings doing things the way that he does them, and the intensity that he brings, and everything he does has been great for our guys to witness," Gase said. "He has been a positive influence."Stills agreed."It takes a lot of heart and courage to go across the middle and take some of the hits he has taken throughout his career," Stills said. "That energizes a group. It makes our group stronger. That's a high bar he sets for the rest of us."If it annoys Amendola that the Patriots didn't re-sign him, he's won't say so. Instead, he said his years with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick provided a lasting education."Some of the things I learned there I'll carry with me forever," Amendola said. "What I've learned most is how to prepare for a game, what goes into the weekly routine leading into a game. I'm just using my preparation skills against them now."When asked if Dolphins coaches picked his brain this week about the Patriots' system, Amendola said: "They're smart."Amendola's smart, too, and knows better than to gloat about the struggling Patriots (1-2) trailing his new team in the AFC East standings."It's early in the season," he said. "Everybody in the whole league is trying to figure some things out and trying to get moving, including us."The Dolphins have already figured out they can get moving by throwing over the middle to Amendola.