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Found: Seahawks punter Jon Ryan resurfaces in 34-6 win vs Chicago Bears
One-hundred twenty-three minutes and 12 seconds.
That's how much game-time had elapsed between Jon Ryan's past two preseason punts for the Seahawks.
The first of Ryan's past two knocks came on Aug. 7, a 41-yard boot with 19 seconds to play in the third quarter of the Seahawks' preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver. His next punt didn't come until the preseason's third week against the Chicago Bears on Aug. 22 at CenturyLink Field, a 44-yard wallop three minutes into the fourth quarter of what would be a 34-6 Seahawks win.
"The way our offense is moving the ball, it's not that surprising," Ryan said Friday night following the team's victory over the Bears. "It was good to get out there and get one in."
Sixty of Ryan's 123 minutes and 12 seconds without a punt came during last week's 41-14 win over the San Diego Chargers, a night that saw the Seahawks offense finish 7-of-9 drives with points - the other two drives ended with the clock running out to close each half.
"Has anyone heard about that new NFL promotion where they pay u to watch football?" Ryan tweeted after the win over San Diego. "It's called being the Seahawks punter. #AtLeastIGetToHold"
The team's first first four drives finished with touchdowns - a pair of 7-yard scampers from running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson, a 12-yard grab from wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, and a 7-yard catch from running back Christine Michael. Steven Hauschka added a field goal on the Seahawks' fifth possession, narrowly missed an attempt on the sixth, and tacked on another three points to close the team's seventh drive before Ryan reminded fans he still existed with a 44-yard punt on the offense's eighth go-around.
Another impressive offensive feat? In the first half of the past two preseason games when Seahawks starters have been on the field, they have outscored their opponent 55-7, scoring on all nine first-half drives and amassing 510 yards of offense in those two games.
So what does Ryan do with all that spare time on the sideline watching his club handle business? He's certainly not one to simply sit idle and wait for his number to be called.
"You're getting ready," he said. "You're kind of getting in your routine when the offense is on the field. You're kind of doing the exact same thing whether you go out there and punt or not. You're always just ready."
While Ryan's right foot hasn't been too busy of late, his fingers have been working overtime. After all, someone has to secure the football for Hauschka's field goals and points after touchdowns. And with the Seahawks putting up 75 points the past two weeks combined, it's easy to see how that task can get a little tiring.
"Yeah, my index fingers are getting sore from all this holding," Ryan joked.