Five most important Seahawks entering 2020
By Lee Vowell
5. Michael Dickson
In Michael Dickson‘s rookie season of 2018, he was named First-Team All-Pro and appeared to be fulfilling all the potential that the Seahawks thought he had when they chose him in the fifth round of the NFL draft. But Dickson wasn’t as good in 2019.
In 2018, Dickson was second in the NFL in yards-per-punt (48.2) and sixth in the more-important net-yards-per-punt (42.5). But in 2019, in the first category, he fell to 20th (45.1) and in the second category, he was 19th. Not good for as good of a punter as Dickson is.
But it isn’t Dickson’s talent that is the issue. The problem is that the Seahawks defense stinks and relies on Dickson to get off great field-position punts and help the defense out. In 2019, he didn’t do that as much. Maybe he was banged up and we didn’t know it?
Seattle has a potentially very good offense in 2020 and the defense should be a bit better. But they need help and this is where Dickson fits in. If he can get back to 2018 levels, and there is no reason he shouldn’t, Seattle’s defense will be better because Dickson put them in a position to be.