Seahawks: Ryan gets a leg up
The sad reality is that kickers and punters are only highlighted when they mess up and receive little or no praise when successful. While Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan won’t change that perception overnight, he has quietly put together an extremely productive 2014 season.
Through three weeks, Ryan’s +9.0 punting grade ranks second in the league behind Washington’s Tress Way. Only three of his 12 punts have been returned, and he’s backed the opponent up inside of their 20-yard line seven times.
He even kicked off last week for the first time in two years. Not only did he earn a +1.3 grade on the kick, but the distance (79.0 yards) and hang time (5.27 seconds) are both best in the league so far this year. All told, it was an impressive overall performance (+5.8) and one that made him an easy selection to the Week 3 PFF All-Star Team of the Week.