Seattle Seahawks Punter
Weight: 216 lbs
DOB: November 26, 1981
POB: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Punting had been his thing ever since high school and in college at the University of Regina. After averaging just over 50 yards per punt, talk swirled about Ryan’s talent and the NFL caught the buzz.
In 2006 Ryan signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he played for three seasons before being signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008.
In 2007, he kicked a 72-yard punt in the fourth quarter, which is the longest punt in Green Bay since 1965.
Ryan finished his first year in Seattle with 78 punts at an average of over 45 yards.
His average has stayed around that mark, and last year he had 95 punts for an average of 46.6 yards.
Style of play
Punters are actually an important part of the game. They have the ability to make teams start very close to their own goal line.
A good punter can perform what is called a coffin corner, where the ball is booted out of bounds within the opponent’s 10-yard line.
This leaves them with limited room to run plays and a bigger chance of the defense coming up with a safety.
Also, a punter who can send the ball far is always important when the opponent’s goal line is too far away.
It is key to give opposing teams more distance from the end zone, allowing your defense more opportunities to stop the offense..
This was one of Ryan’s specialties.
Looking back to the final game of the 2010 season against the St. Louis Rams, Ryan put the Rams at their own 2-yard line when the game was close.
Later that game, he also put them within their own 10-yard line.
More often than not, Ryan will perfect his kicks and leave opposing offenses with no room to run. His punting skills are similar to those of Jeff Feagles, who was one of the former punters before Ryan arrived.
While Feagles was more of an accuracy guy, Ryan produced almost five more punt yards on average. Both were players that you wanted in key situations.
It is not only his stylish hair that makes him an important player on the Seahawk’s roster.
He has ranked high in the league in punting yards the past few seasons, and his career-long punt of 77 yards just shows the amount of power that he has.
With one Pro Bowl appearance under his belt, he looks for another in the 2012 season.
He is currently signed to a six-year contract, so he shouldn’t be going anywhere soon.
And that is a comforting thing to know for a team who has to punt a lot.
I also feel good knowing the “athlete” that Jon Ryan is won’t let many kick returners get past him.