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Will Tye The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However Irving Fryar Jersey Salute to Service , only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today, the series continues with one of New England’s tight ends.Name: Will TyePosition: Tight endJersey number: 82Opening day age: 26Experience: 3Size: 6’2, 260 lbs.2017 review: Having spent the first two years of his NFL career with the New York Giants, Will Tye re-signed with the team in February 2017. After two productive seasons as a rotational tight end, however, the former undrafted free agent failed to make the team again and was released during final roster cutdowns. But even if the Giants wanted to bring Tye back via their practice squad, they were unable to do so because of their city rivals.The New York Jets claimed Tye off waivers and signed him to their own 53-man roster. He saw action in each of the Jets’ first three regular season contests and played 57.1% of offensive snaps (101 of 177) in the process, primarily as a blocking tight end. But while he was regularly used and caught four passes for 38 yards, New York decided to part ways with Tye only three games into his tenure with the team.A few days later, the Patriots signed Tye to their practice squad. He spent the remainder of the 2017 season on New England’s developmental team and was named practice player of the week two times. After the Super Bowl, the Patriots signed the Stony Brook product to a one-year futures contract.2018 preview: At least when it comes to the Patriots, 2018 is a do-or-die year for Will Tye. No longer eligible to make the practice squad, he needs to find his way onto the 53-man squad in order to have a future in New England. Judging by the current composition of the team’s tight end depth chart as well as his role during training camp and the preseason so far, however John Hannah Jersey , it will not be easy.As things stand right now, Tye at best appears to be the number four tight end on the team behind roster lock Rob Gronkowski and his primary backups Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. While neither of the two is a lock to make the team, both should be considered safe at the moment due to their blocking abilities (Allen) and their growth potential in year two (Hollister), respectively.Tye therefore has to convince the team that he is more valuable as a fourth tight end than an additional depth player at running back or wide receiver. Having played the most preseason snaps of all the Patriots’ tight ends (72 of 147; 49.0%) and registering three catches for 17 yards, he certainly is creating plenty of tape for the coaches to assist them in their decision-making process.Ultimately, however, it still appears to be unlikely that the Patriots will opt to keep four tight ends on their opening day roster even with the questions at the wide receiver position. Because of that, Tye’s tenure in Foxboro is projected to come to and end on September 1. The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson knows his unconventional punting style is likely to catch the eye of a few kicking enthusiasts in England.Punts don't score points, though, so he believes the fans might be a bit more dazzled by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski."The drop kick is cool," Dickson said. "You do that in rugby a lot. I don't know if we'll be doing it too much ... so (Janikowski) hitting a few field goals will probably get the crowd pretty happy, I'd say."Dickson found himself in the spotlight on Sept. 17 when he tried a drop kick during a kickoff, and later an onside kick, in the Seahawks' 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.On Sunday, the rookie from Sydney by way of Texas will take his technique to London as the Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in the first of three NFL games to be played at Wembley Stadium this season.The drop kick may be much more common in rugby Authentic Tedy Bruschi Jersey , but Dickson, who didn't touch a football until 2014, never played the sport. Instead, he grew up playing Australian Rules Football, and as a defender, it was partly his responsibility to kick the ball away."I had a big kick when I was playing Aussie rules football, so I decided that I wanted to give (the NFL) a go one day," Dickson said. "I didn't really know about the college football process or anything and hadn't really watched much American football. I just knew I liked it when I tried out and met an Australian punting coach, and it kind of just took off from there."Seattle liked Dickson enough to trade up with the Denver Broncos to draft him in the fifth round. He unseated Jon Ryan, the Seahawks' punter for the last 10 seasons, and in Week 1 became the first NFL player to average more than 59.9 yards on six punts — including a 69-yarder in the third quarter of a 27-24 loss at Denver."Field position is enormously important to our style of play, and Michael kicking the ball deep, pinning them back, is important, but (so is) changing the field with some kicks that he's capable of doing — not to mention the other things Limited Rob Gronkowski Jersey ," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "The placement of the ball and the things like that ... (are) a lot of really cool things that you don't normally get from a punter, so we're just trying to go with it and really understand how to better utilize him."A few of those cool things were unveiled against Chicago, with Seattle turning to Dickson rather than Janikowski to try to pin the Bears deep after they were penalized on a third-quarter extra point attempt.Dickson, from the 50, kicked the ball after a bounce to the Bears 1-yard line, where it was returned to the 15 by Anthony Miller. It was the first drop kick since 2015, when the New England Patriots' Nate Ebner, an Olympic rugby sevens player, tried it on a kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.If that wasn't enough, Dickson was called upon to try to drop kick an onside kick with 14 seconds remaining, but the Bears recovered it."It's always a concern and it's a little unpredictable where it can go, but in a way, you like that," special teams coach Brian Schneider said. "The good thing is you can disguise it where you want it to go much easier than if it was a kicker."Dickson, who entered the week fourth in the league with 1 Tom Brady Jersey Salute to Service ,348 gross punting yards, downplayed the drop kicks, saying there are a number of factors that go into how and where he punts the ball.Fittingly, the last thing he wants is to become predictable."Depending on what teams show what fronts they have and what personnel they have out there, you know, different kicks work for different teams," Dickson said. "There is some room, but it's not going to be an every week thing."NOTES: Carroll said the Seahawks decided upon a Thursday arrival in England after studying other teams' previous routines. "We took full advantage of the Mercator route and in doing so, it was like a nine hours or something flight," he said. "It worked out. It was great." ... Safety Kam Chancellor traveled with the team in a support role. Chancellor remains on the physically unable to perform list after injuring his neck last season and is unlikely to be cleared to resume his career. ... LB K.J. Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, but Carroll said TE Nick Vannett, who sat out Wednesday, is "fine."
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