MVP: Michael Dickson
If you have to ask the question of “why?” here then you obviously have not watched any Seahawks games this season. Dickson, the rookie punter for Seattle, was chosen in the draft to make the young defense better and he did just that.
Forget Sunday’s terrible game against the Cardinals when Dickson had one punt blocked and one altered. Blocking isn’t in his job description and his offensive line let him down. And sure, he outkicked his coverage twice but he was probably just trying to get rid of the ball.
In 2018, Dickson was second in the NFL in yards per punt and sixth in net yards per punt. Actually, it was the Cardinals game that kept him from being much higher in net yards per punt because for a lot of the season, Dickson led the league in this important category.
A punter has really one job to do. That is to kick to the other team in hopes of putting the other team in poor field position while also not allowing any, or at least not very many, yards on a return. Dickson is a Pro Bowl punter this season for one big reason: He is great at flipping field position and not allowing a ton of return yards.
The great thing is that Dickson should continue to get better. He cares about his craft and constantly works at it. Dickson is a perfectionist and will continue to be. Seattle made a smart choice by moving up in the 2018 draft to select their punter for the next 10 years. He is a defensive weapon.