12 Oct 2018, 00:25 IST
WATFORD, England (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Dickson is aware of his unconventional punting taste is most probably to catch the attention of a couple of kicking fanatics in England.
Punts do not ranking issues, regardless that, so he believes the fanatics may well be somewhat extra dazzled via placekicker Sebastian Janikowski.
“The drop kick is cool,” Dickson mentioned. “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 discovered himself in the highlight on Sept. 17 when he attempted a drop kick right through a kickoff, and later an onside kick, in the Seahawks’ 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.
On Sunday, the rookie from Sydney by the use of Texas will take his methodology to London because the Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in the primary of 3 NFL video games to be performed at Wembley Stadium this season.
The drop kick is also a lot more commonplace in rugby, however Dickson, who did not contact a soccer till 2014, by no means performed the game. Instead, he grew up enjoying Australian Rules Football, and as a defender, it was once partially his duty 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 mentioned. “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 appreciated Dickson sufficient to business up with the Denver Broncos to draft him in the 5th spherical. He unseated Jon Ryan, the Seahawks’ punter for the final 10 seasons, and in Week 1 become the primary NFL participant to reasonable greater than 59.nine yards on six punts — together with a 69-yarder in the 0.33 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 trainer Pete Carroll mentioned. “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 couple of of the ones cool issues have been unveiled towards Chicago, with Seattle turning to Dickson moderately than Janikowski to check out to pin the Bears deep when they have been penalized on a third-quarter additional level strive.
Dickson, from the 50, kicked the ball after a soar to the Bears 1-yard line, the place it was once returned to the 15 via Anthony Miller. It was once the primary drop kick since 2015, when the New England Patriots’ Nate Ebner, an Olympic rugby sevens participant, attempted it on a kickoff towards the Philadelphia Eagles.
If that wasn’t sufficient, Dickson was once known as upon to check out to drop kick an onside kick with 14 seconds ultimate, however 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,” particular groups trainer Brian Schneider mentioned. “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, pronouncing there are a variety of things that cross into how and the place he punts the ball.
Fittingly, the very last thing he wants is to change into 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 mentioned. “There is some room, but it’s not going to be an every week thing.”
NOTES: Carroll mentioned the Seahawks determined upon a Thursday arrival in England after learning different groups’ earlier routines. “We took full advantage of the Mercator route and in doing so, it was like a nine hours or something flight,” he mentioned. “It worked out. It was great.” … Safety Kam Chancellor traveled with the group in a improve position. Chancellor stays at the bodily not able to carry out listing after injuring his neck final season and is not likely to be cleared to resume his occupation. … LB Okay.J. Wright (knee) didn’t apply Thursday, however Carroll mentioned TE Nick Vannett, who sat out Wednesday, is “fine.”
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