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Seahawks sign long snapper Jorgen Hus, will compete for starting job

The Seahawks signed long snapper Jorgen Hus on Thursday and reports say he will compete for the starting job in 2014.

His competition will be current Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham, who has performed the long snaps in Seattle for the past four seasons.

The Leader-Post reported that Hus’ deal is for three years.

Hus played with the St. Louis Rams during the preseason last year, but he was cut and has not played since.

Hus gave punter Jon Ryan credit for helping him get signed by Seattle. The two are good friends and Ryan put in a good word.

“Jon is one of those rare people you can’t say enough good things about,” Hus said to the Leader-Post. “He’s always been rooting for me, always saying good things to the right people for me.”

Funny how things work out, because Hus didn’t originally want to be a long snapper. At 6-foot-1, 232 pounds, he was an exceptional linebacker in high school. But a talk with his coach about switching over to long-snapping changed the course of his career.

“[My coach] talked about it being a specialized skill and how the guys who can master it can really have a long and successful career,’’ Hus said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I gave it a try, had a little bit of success and then really started taking it more and more seriously. It’s become my passion.’’

A product of Canada’s University of Regina, he may be best known for his YouTube video that shows his incredible accuracy as a long snapper.

The video has more than 86,000 views but if Hus makes the Seahawks roster this summer, there will be a lot more people watching.

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