Maybe you didn’t know, but the Seattle Seahawks have a punter named Jon Ryan.
I say that because it isn’t too often that Ryan’s talents are called upon when the Seahawks are playing.
Ryan, an eight-year veteran in the league, has played in Seattle for the past six seasons.
He has been extremely effective on special teams, averaging 44.8 yards per punt in his last six years, but he also understands that as the Seahawks offense gets better, his number won’t be called as frequently as it used to.
It seems as though when the Seahawks offense doesn’t score, their kicker, Steven Hauschka, is out there trying to earn the team three points.
They are usually in good enough field position that they don’t need to punt the ball.
But Ryan seems OK with that, and he let the internet know after Seattle’s preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers on Friday night:
Has anyone heard about that new NFL promotion where they pay u to watch football? It’s called being the Seahawks punter. #AtLeastIGetToHold
— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) August 16, 2014
Ryan needs that sense of humor to keep his sanity on the sidelines on Sundays, especially when his most important role appears to be as Seattle’s holder during field goals and extra points.
Last season, he punted the ball 74 times, well below the league-high of 95 set by Bryan Anger of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The year before that, Ryan only punted the ball 65 times, tied for 26th in the league (the high that year was Arizona’s Dave Zastudil with 112 punts).
And so Ryan is adjusting to not being on the field, but of course, in the eyes of the Seahawks, that’s a good thing.
What’s even better is knowing that when Ryan is called onto the field, he is superbly effective on special teams.
In 2013, he forced a league-high 30 fair catches and pinned 28 balls within the opposing team’s 20 yardline.
Seattle is just stacked on the entire roster — even their kicker and punter are a pair of the most talented special teamers in the league.
And they know how to laugh about it too.
Another fun year of Seahawks football is just a little more than two weeks away, as the season kicks off on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers.