The Seahawks had a 56-yard field goal and a drop-kick against the Bears. But no return game. Here are the special teams grades for week two.
Every NFL fan should know who Michael Dickson is at this point. The Seahawks punter is special. And Sebastian Janikowski has been kicking since the earth began to cool. But Seattle needs more from Tyler Lockett when it comes to kick and punt returns.
How did the special teams do against the Bears in Seattle’s week two loss? Here are the special teams grades.
Michael Dickson had the first bad punt of his NFL career. After a bad snap, Dickson punted the ball just 10 yards. Dickson actually looked like a new punter on the play as he appeared to overreact to the snap. He had to jump to catch the ball but then he rushed the kick.
Dickson did have, of course, several amazing punts and a very interesting drop-kick. The drop-kick was kicked to the Chicago two and only returned to the 15-yard line. Amazing stuff. Even with the one bad punt, Dickson is still the best punter in the NFL.
Sebastian Janikowski certainly can still kick the ball a long way. Against Chicago, the kicker made both his extra points as well as making a 56-yard field goal. Seattle has some issues on some areas of their team. But kicker isn’t one of them. Janikowski is still good.
Lockett has basically been non-existent so far in 2018 as far as returning kicks and punts. On kickoffs this is not his fault, of course. If an opposing kicker kicks the ball into or through the end zone, what is a returner to do? Lockett did have one punt return against the Bears and that went for 14 yards. A good return. But Seattle needs more from the return game to help the struggling offense.