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    his unconventional punting style is likely to catch the eye of a few kicking enthusiasts in England.Punts don’t score points Shaquill Griffin Color Rush Jersey , 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 Delano Hill Color Rush Jersey , 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,” 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 Earl Thomas Color Rush 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 J.R. Sweezy Color Rush Jersey , 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.”___ RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Poona Ford understood there was a reasonable likelihood that he wouldn’t be drafted.When you’re a defensive lineman and you’re not even 6 feet tall, it’s difficult to buck perceptions that you’re not cut out for the NFL. Even though he was the Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017, Ford wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, only met with one team before the draft and has become used to people doubting his abilities.”I knew I was going to get an opportunity and that’s all I needed at the end of the day,” Ford said. That opportunity came when the Seattle Seahawks — the only team to have him in for a visit before the draft — offered him a spot as an undrafted free agent.Ford is the only defensive lineman in the NFL – on an active roster, injured list, practice squad or otherwise – officially listed with a height of under six feet. He was measured at 5 feet, 11 5/8 inches at his Pro Day testing at the University of Texas in March.Each team is allowed to bring up to 30 players to their headquarters for a personal interview. Seattle was Ford’s only visit.”That kind of said something to me too with the visit,” Ford said. “They were the only team that wanted to meet with me so I just went with it.”Ford has done his best to show the Seahawks their decision to take a chance on him was worthwhile. He earned a spot on the team’s active roster at the end of training camp and steadily made a case for more playing time. He played a season-high 50 percent of snaps in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers and responded with six tackles, including three for loss.”He’s been really aggressive Quinton Jefferson Color Rush Jersey ,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s shown really good instincts to get a feel for taking advantage and making plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He’s going to get some more playing time.”Against the 49ers, Ford stopped running back Jeff Wilson Jr. for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter defeating the block of center Weston Richburg, split a gap to drop running back Matt Breida for a 3-yard loss in the third quarter, then beat Richburg again in overtime to stop Breida for a 5-yard loss. He has also shown he can pursue laterally down the line of scrimmage, making a tackle of Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders in space in October.”He’s got a really good initial quickness and the ability to get off the ball,” defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. “Really good hands player and very, very strong and he has longer arms for a guy that is his height. So he has some unique traits to him.”After being inactive for five of the first 11 games of the season, Ford has been in the lineup for each of the last four weeks. He’s recorded 12 of his 16 total tackles this season in the last four games.”This year has been just really like learning everything,” Ford said. “As far as studying film and as far as like practice habits and stuff like that. Just putting everything together and that’s what I’m kind of doing now is just putting everything together that I learned throughout the season.”Ford still expects people to doubt whether he can continue to get things done. That doubt has continually fueled him to prove otherwise. He has a screenshot of a since-deleted tweet as the background for his page that says: “From what we’re hearing Poona Ford is very unlikely to make the Seahawks roster.”He’s still here and becoming a bigger part of Seattle’s defense each week.”A lot of people thought I wouldn’t really do much in college. I’ve been productive there. And a lot of people have said I’m going to get cut and this and that. I use that to my advantage as much as possible,” Ford said.NOTES: LG J.R. Sweezy is doubtful to play against the Cardinals due a foot injury. Carroll said the recovery is generally 3-4 weeks but they believe Sweezy can play in the team’s playoff opener next week. … RG D.J. Fluker (hamstring), RB Rashaad Penny (knee), SS Bradley McDougald (knee), FS Tedric Thompson (ankle) and DE Dion Jordan (knee) are all questionable.

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