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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Seattle Seahawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 29, 2015 - Steven Hauschka kicks 60 yard game winner over Chargers
"Facing a 60-yard field goal attempt on a steamy evening with 16 seconds left and his Seattle Seahawks trailing by two, Steven Hauschka's mindset was to just swing away.
His kick barely cleared the crossbar, lifting the Seattle Seahawks to a 16-15 exhibition victory against the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night. 'I didn't think it was going to get there, honestly,' he said. 'It was into the wind a little bit. I hit it pretty good. I just didn't know. But it crossed by an inch, so I was happy.' He missed a 58-yard attempt a few minutes earlier. He also made field goals of 40 and 27 yards. Hauschka said he kicked a 65-yarder in practice during training camp. He kicked a 58-yarder last regular season in a victory at Carolina to tie the franchise record." - OregonLive

August 18, 2015 - long snapper Nate Boyer released
"The 34-year-old rookie long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks, was let go, the team announced. The move was first reported by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. The former Green Beret taught himself the craft while overseas and signed with Seattle immediately following the 2015 draft." - NFL

May 2, 2015 - long snapper Nate Boyer signed
"U.S. Army veteran and former Texas long snapper Nate Boyer says he has agreed to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. In an interview on NFL Network on Saturday, Boyer said he was called by Seattle coach Pete Carroll after the draft concluded. Boyer, 34, was part of the U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star. Boyer also served in Iraq. Boyer walked on to the football program at Texas and learned how to become a long snapper. He eventually won the starting job and was the long snapper for the Longhorns his final three seasons." - Seattle PI

April 17, 2015 - long snapper Luke Ingram released
"The Seattle Seahawks waived long snapper Luke Ingram on Friday. The move leaves Clint Gresham, who signed a three-year deal in March, as the only long snapper on the roster." - 247Sports

March 20, 2015 - long snapper Clint Gresham re-signed
"The Seahawks took care of a necessary piece of offseason business Friday, re-signing long snapper Clint Gresham to a three-year contract worth $2.7 million. Gresham has been one of the steadier long snappers in the NFL since coming to Seattle shortly before the 2010 season, Pete Carroll’s first as Seahawks coach.... Gresham’s contract includes a $300,000 signing bonus and veteran-minimum salaries of $745,000 in 2015, $760,000 in 2016 and $900,000 in 2017. The Seahawks also recently signed long snapper Luke Ingram of Hawaii, so they could have some competition for Gresham in camp, something he did not have a year ago." - Seattle Times

February 9, 2015 - long snapper Luke Ingram signed
"Signing Ingram is interesting because Clint Gresham, widely considered one of the best long snappers in the NFL, is a free agent who made $837,000 last season with the Seahawks. Ingram (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) played college football at Hawaii." - ESPN

January 18, 2015 - punter Jon Ryan throws TD in NFC Championship win
Down by 16 late in the third quarter, the Seattle Seahawks faked out the Green Bay Packers to get on the board with a Garry Gilliam touchdown in the NFC Championship. In one of the best plays of the game, Canadian punter Jon Ryan appeared to be setting up a field goal attempt for kicker Steven Hauschka. Instead, they pulled off the perfect fake field goal touchdown. The 33-year-old Regina native became the first Canadian to throw a touchdown pass in an NFL game since 1993, and the first punter to ever throw a touchdown pass in the NFL postseason." - CBC

December 21, 2014 - kicker Steven Hauschka has tough day at the office
"Hauschka couldn’t put a finger on why he missed three field goals against the Cardinals. Normally so reliable — he had missed only five field goals combined in the past two seasons — Hauschka missed field goal attempts of 52, 50 and 47 yards. Those aren’t gimmes, but they are well within Hauschka’s range, especially indoors. 'Just a tough day at the office,' Hauschka said. 'More than anything, I’m bummed about letting my teammates down, but I’m super proud of them.' Hauschka said he was making kicks before the game and didn’t know why he missed in the game. The Cardinals put in new grass before the game, but Carroll said he didn’t know if that played a part in Hauschka’s struggles. 'He just didn’t hit it as sharp as he usually does,' Carroll said. 'He’s been phenomenal, and I know he is going to be phenomenal the next time out'." - Seattle Times

December 16, 2014 - punter Jon Ryan named to USA Football's All-Fundamentals Team
"As for Jon Ryan, we know that he's become one of the most accurate punters in the game, routinely placing the ball in the "coffin corner" so the Seahawks can maintain control of the field position game for their defense." - Field Gulls

November 27, 2014 - Steven Hauschka kicks four field goals in Thanksgiving win over 49ers
Hauschka accounted for the majority of the Seahawks points in their 19-3 win over San Francisco, with an extra points and field goals of 21, 36, 35 & 46 yards. - NFL

November 23, 2014 - Steven Hauschka kicks four field goals in win over Cardinals
Led by a stingy Seattle defense reminiscent of a season ago and some more playmaking by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season, 19-3 on Sunday.... Seattle started three first-half drives inside Arizona territory, but never found the end zone. Steven Hauschka hit on field goals of 27, 32, 52 in the first half and a 40-yarder in the third quarter after DeShawn Shead blocked Drew Butler's punt. It wasn't a designed punt block but Shead noticed the Cardinals had only 10 players on the field and rushed." - Oregon Live

October 26, 2014 - kicker Steven Hauschka ties team record with 58 yarder
"Hauschka joined prestigious company when he nailed a 58-yard field goal against the Panthers in the second quarter, closing Carolina's early lead to 6-3. The kicker, who has demonstrated his reliability throughout his career as a Seahawk by making 89.4 percent of his field goal attempts, tied a Seahawks record for the longest field goal. Former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown, who is currently with the New York Giants, is the only other Seattle kicker to convert a 58-yarder. " - SeattlePI

October 2, 2014 - punter Jon Ryan named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month of September
"It's the first Player of the Month award for Ryan and second for a Seahawks punter as a franchise - Jeff Feagles won in December 1999. Ryan's 12 punts through three weeks have averaged 48.3 yards with a net average of 43.3 yards. Seven of the 12 have landed inside the 20-yard-line and only three have been returned for a total of 21 yards. Four of Ryan's boots have traveled at least 60 yards, including two 66-yarders. He also boomed a free kick 79 yards following a Denver Broncos safety in Week 3 at CenturyLink Field." - Seahawks

August 22, 2014 - Steven Hauschka kicks 59 yarder
"The Seahawks rolled to an easy 34-6 exhibition over the Chicago Bears on Friday night at CenturyLink Field.... Only the clock prevented the Seahawks from scoring touchdowns on all five first-half possessions. Even that, though, turned into a highlight as Hauschka booted his 59-yarder as time ran out to send the crowd into a frenzy." - Seattle Times

August 15, 2014 - second preseason game
"Steven Hauschka looks as good as ever, including booting a 55-yarder. That’s longer than any regular kick (high is 54) though he had a 56-yarder in the pre-season last year against the Raiders. And had to like the night for Jon Ryan — no punts at all." - Seattle Times

August 2, 2014 - scrimmage
"Kicker Steven Hauschka hit field goals of 51, 38 and 34 yards. The phantom punter (balls were placed on kickoff and punt situations rather than going through those plays) also had a good day, putting several punts inside the 20." - The Herald

May 12, 2014 - long snapper Jorgen Hus released
"The Seahawks on Monday announced releasing the long-snapper, who joined the team in just April. The 24-year-old Canadian had reportedly signed a three-year contract with the Seahawks on April 3. But Seattle already has one of the best long-snappers in the game in Clint Gresham, who has been with the Seahawks since 2010. The Seahawks re-signed Gresham before the 2013 season to a two-year, $1.655 million deal.... Nevertheless, the Hawks signed Hus last month, apparently to work with his good friend Jon Ryan, Seattle’s punter. Hus and Ryan are both from Regina, Saskatchewan, and have been known to train together during the offseason." - Seattle pi

May 10, 2014 - kicker Andrew Furney to attend minicamp
"[former Washington State kicker] Andrew Furney is going to kick for an NFL team and he won't have to travel far. Furney announced on Twitter Saturday night that he will attend Seahawks mini camp and compete for an invitation to attend the team's training camp in July and August. Making the team will be a long shot — NFL teams carry only one kicker on their 53 man roster and the Seahawks extended kicker Steve Hauschka through 2016 earlier this offseason." - Spokesman-Review

April 2, 2014 - long snapper Jorgen Hus signed
"The Saskatoon long snapper was hastily called in by the Seattle Seahawks, arriving in the Emerald City late Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Hus had a physical checkup, took part in a workout and snapped some balls. He impressed so much that he was offered a three-year deal with the defending Super Bowl champions that afternoon.... This is the second NFL contact Hus has signed in less than a year. Last April, the former Saskatoon Hilltop and Regina Ram agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Rams. He played in two pre-season games before getting cut by St. Louis, which inquired about his services again last week. There are no guarantees with this Seattle deal either. Plus, veteran Clint Gresham is under contract to return for a fifth season." - The StarPhoenix

March 17, 2014 - kicker Steven Hauschka re-signed
"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the sides agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $9.15 million, with $3.35 million guaranteed, according to a source informed of the process. The contract makes Hauschka the 11th-highest paid kicker in the NFL, according to The 28-year-old Hauschka has been very productive in his three seasons in Seattle. Last regular season he converted 33 of 35 field goal attempts -- including 3 for 3 from 50-plus yards and 11 of 12 between 40 and 49 yards. He also has missed just three extra point attempts in his six-year career." - NFL

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