Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 31 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Michael Dickson Named To CBS Sports' Preseason All-NFL Team
There are three phases to the game of football - offense, defense and special teams. A big puzzle piece to the Seahawks' success in recent years has been punter Michael Dickson. As the Australia native prepares for Year 6 in his NFL journey, Cody Benjamin and the CBS Sports team rank Dickson as the top vote-getter at the position for their 2023 Preseason All-NFL team.
It’s been quite the journey to the NFL for Dickson, climbing the international ranks as a high school prospect to the University of Texas and later to Seattle. The Sydney, Australia native excelled at the University of New South Wales before earning an opportunity to head to America to play for the University of Texas. In three seasons with the Longhorns, Dickson averaged 45 yards per punt, earning All-American honors, taking home the 2017 Texas Bowl MVP and the 2017 Ray Guy Award as a senior.
In the 2018 draft, Seattle selected Dickson with the No. 149 selection, and he went on to become the first punter since Dave Hatcher (1985) to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Dickson would also take home 2018 first-team All-Pro honors, averaging 48.5 yards per punt with 28 kicks inside-the-20-yard-line. Over the course of his five seasons in Seattle, Dickson has averaged 47.6 yards per punt with 156 kicks inside-the-20 and just 8 percent of his punts being ruled a touchback. In 2022, Dickson averaged 48.5 yards per punt, the second-highest total of his career.
And for the CBS Sports' 2023 preseason All-NFL team, Benjamin and nine other members of the CBS Sports staff voted on the top players at each position. Leading all vote-getters at the punter position, Dickson earned six votes. Benjamin breaks down why the league's best punter resides in the Pacific Northwest.
Michael Dickson (6)
Others receiving votes: Ryan Stonehouse (2), A.J. Cole (1)
The Seahawks' sixth-year veteran has topped 48 yards per punt three different times, while never booting less than 33% of his punts inside opposing teams' 20-yard lines. Consistency matters at this spot, and he's demonstrated just that.
2023 is another opportunity for the Seahawks to prove they've found the right puzzle pieces to build a championship contender. While his contributions are incremental to Seattle's team success, the new year brings about another opportunity for Dickson to prove he's unarguably the league's best.
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Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: Seahawks’ 53-man roster: First impressions after cutdown deadline.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks happy to keep roster almost fully intact with cutdown day past.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Analysis: Breaking down Seahawks’ initial 53-man roster for 2023 season.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Carroll: Smith-Njigba practicing days after surgery shows ‘he’s not going to be denied’.
Adam Schultz of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks 'Great Chance' at Winning Division; NFC Title Game Next?
The Seahawks held practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2023.