Preseason Preview – Special Teams

Kicker / Punter

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There is no battle to be had over kicker or punter. The Seahawks are fortunate to have two of the best in the NFL at their positions, providing value every year.

Steven Hauschka

FG Attempts

FG Made

FG %

XP Attempts

XP Made

XP %

37

31

83.8

41

41

100.00%

Hauschka’s 83.8% on FGs last season is actually his lowest of the last 3 seasons, and ranked 18th among kickers in 2014. I know that doesn’t sound great, but digging deeper you can see that he made 100% of FGs less than 40 yards, and 2 of his misses were over 50 yards. Hauschka made all the field goals you would expect of a quality kicker, and held his own on longer attempts. The other nice thing is that his 11 for 11 on field goals of 30-39 yards means he is ready for the new extra points.

Jon Ryan

Punts

Avg

Net Avg

Touchbacks

Punts Inside 20

61

44.1

38.3

6

28

The Hawk’s Nest Unofficial Team MVP of 2009 is a personal favorite player for me. Jon Ryan is an advocate for Punters being considered people too, and he let’s his leg do a lot of the talking for him. Ryan ranked in the top 10 for touchbacks and punts inside the 20 despite ranking outside of the top 20 in total punts. He adds value to the team in addition to being a very likable human being.

Returner

The return game was not pretty for Seattle last year, but some new faces and some younger players pushing their way in is looking to make a huge impact in this spot. I’m not sure if it will be one player handling all duties or a split set of duties, but I have a feeling that will have a lot to do with how well BJ Daniels plays and how much play Tyler Lockett gets at receiver this year.

Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett was his team’s best offensive weapon last season at Kansas State, and he was such a good returner that they still had to use him there even with him carrying the load at receiver. He had 6 return TDs in his college career, with multiple 100+ yard kick returns in his career. Though he was only the K-State primary punt returner his senior season, he has shown an ability to handle duties as the top guy in both return positions. We saw in the first preseason game what he can do, and I feel like we’ll see it several more times. I look forward to a return game that could actually be better than the Golden Tate era.

BJ Daniels

Daniels was a college QB and has spent the start of his NFL career on the practice squad, so he actually has no return stats for his career. That being said, he is fast and powerful and he is able to make athletic plays on the field. He has the tools to be a good returner, and if he can show some ability there is a strong chance he’ll share some of the return duties with Lockett to lighten his load as Lockett appears to be just too good to stay out of the WR rotation. This is a great chance for Daniels to impress and earn a spot on the final roster.

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