3 Seahawks who are very overrated heading into training camp
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks kicker Jason Myers
Myers came to the Seahawks in 2019 to try to help fix a long-standing issue at kicker for the team. Seattle had funneled through players like Blair Walsh and Sebastian Janikowski and that clearly wasn’t working. Myers was a Pro Bowler for the Jets in 2018 and had the ability to make long field goals and get the ball into the end zone of kickoffs.
Between 2016 and 2018, Myers had a touchback rate of 73.2 percent or higher in each season. This meant Myers was helping his team’s defense by nearly always making the opposing offense drive 75 yards in an attempt to score a touchdown.
But since Myers has been in Seattle, his touchback rate has diminished every year, and his highest has been 57.1 percent or lower in each of the past two years. In 2021, Myers’ touchback percentage was an atrocious 37.3, fifth-worst among any kicker who played more than one game.
In 2020, Myers didn’t miss a field goal and was 24 for 24. Expecting that kind of perfection isn’t logical. But Myers does need to be better than he was in 2021 when he started the season 6 for 10 through Week 7. His missed field goals in Week 7 may have cost Seattle the game as well (the Seahawks lost to New Orleans 13-10).
Myers is entering the last year of his contract and will be owed $5 million in 2022. If he doesn’t earn his money, he could help sink Seattle’s season.