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, 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 鈥?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 鈥?not to mention the other things Jordan Richards Color Rush Jersey
,” 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, 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 Jonathan Jones Jersey
, 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.”___ One of the biggest plays of the New England Patriots’ 43-40 win against the Kansas City Chiefs was a 4-yard touchdown run by Tom Brady. Down 33-30 late in the fourth quarter and facing a third-and-goal, the quarterback did his best Cam Newton impression: he broke a sack attempt by Chiefs defender Breeland Speaks and took advantage of the opening in front of him to scramble into the end zone for six.Brady is no stranger to keeping the football and scoring himself – his 19 regular season rushing touchdowns rank him 29th among active players – but seeing him take off and run is still a rare sight. While it is common in today’s NFL that quarterbacks operate outside of the pocket and pose a serious threat with their feet on any given down, Brady is a classic old-school pocket passer who mostly uses carrying the football as his last option.Appearing on Westwood One radio yesterday to talk about the victory over the Chiefs, the 41-year old also spoke about his ability and willingness as a runner. “When [opportunities to run] come up in certain moments, you’ve got to take advantage,” Brady told host Jim Gray. “They don’t really come up for me that often, and unfortunately, instinctually, I don’t have those instincts to just take off and go.”“I’m always thinking, ‘Throw it. Throw it. Throw it. Throw it.’ It’s never saying, ‘Hey, take off and go.’ And some guys who have a lot of confidence in their speed, that becomes more part of their game,” the future Hall of Famer continued. Running the football is typically not a part of the game for Brady and his famous 5.28 seconds 40-yard time, – which does not mean that he does not do it if it is the best option on a play.Excluding kneel-downs, Brady carried the football 343 times over the course of his career for an average of 3.4 yards per attempt – a solid number for a player who attempted plenty of short-yardage sneaks over the course of his career. Even though he will never be confused with Cam Newton, Russell Wilson or even Aaron Rodgers when it comes to carrying the football as a runner Troy Niklas Color Rush Jersey
, Brady has been surprisingly productive when trying to advance on his own with 121 of his carries (35.3%) going for more than 4 yards.A lack of production is therefore not the issue when it comes to turning Tom Brady the passer into Tom Brady the ball carrier. And as he himself notes, it has to do with instincts. “Part of it, I think, my mind’s holding me back, as well as my body,” Brady said about getting over the hump and turning into a runner. “If I can eliminate my mind, I think it will be easier to gain yards when I do decide to run.”In order to maximize his potential as a ball carrier and trust his body over his natural instincts of staying in the pocket, the 41-year old knows that he has to continue working on it. “I think in the offseason, it’s good for me to train like that,” said Brady. “When I have the opportunities in the game, I could take advantage of it. I’ve had a couple runs this year, and I’m really trying to build on it. And hopefully, we can.”Ever the tactician, Brady knows that him being able to run the football could give New England an advantage at any time: “If they’re really going to focus on some heavy coverage and I have opportunities to run like I did [against Kansas City], I’ve got to do a better job seeing it, identifying it and then really being decisive and taking off, because I have the ability to do it.”At age 41, Brady will therefore have a chance to break the 1,000-yard barrier when it comes to his career rushing output. Preferably, however, he will still continue to consistently lose yardage as well: on kneel downs in the victory formation.