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Hawks waive K Carson Wiggs

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm with 9 Comments »
August 19, 2013 3:15 pm

It appears the kicker competition is over for the Seattle Seahawks. According to the league transactions report for today, the Seahawks waived kicker Carson Wiggs, replacing him with defensive end Dewayne Cherrington on the 90-man roster.

Wiggs struggled with consistency in practice and in games for Seattle. The Purdue product missed from 43 yards in last week’s game against the Broncos.

Wiggs would have been a cheaper alternative at kicker, with starter Steven Hauschka set to make $715,000 in base salary in 2013.

Hauschka always has been consistent inside 50 yards. He converted 49 of 57 field goals (86 percent) and 80 of 82 extra points, with a long of 52 in his two seasons with the Seahawks.

In 2012, Hauschka made 24 of 27 field goals for a career-high 118 points, and set the franchise-record with 14 consecutive games with a made field goal, from Oct. 9, 2011 to Sept. 16, 2012.

But Hauschka was just 3 of 8 from 50 yards or more while with the Seahawks. And Hauschka’s 41.4 percent touchbacks was No. 22 in the league last year.

However, Hauschka’s shown a much stronger leg this season. He almost made a 61-yarder against San Diego. And five of his nine kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks during exhibition play.

At 6-3 and 335 pounds, Cherrington is a Mississippi State product signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by New England on May 3, and released by the Patriots on June 10. Cherrington reportedly visited the Seahawks last week.

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  1. sluggo42 says:

    Cheering ton who? 335 lbs?
    Man, Schneider is digging deep ain’t he?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed Eric. Hauschka has gotten much stronger this off-season. He really impressed me Saturday.

  3. When Hauschka came into the League with Baltimore, he came in as the Kickoff Specialist and the Kicker who tried the long field goals. He was waived by Baltimore after he became the full-time kicker because of lack of consistency on the mid-range FGs and after he missed a few clutch kicks.

    With Seattle, he’s been tremendous with the short and mid-range stuff and at best average on the long stuff. If he can somehow put that all together, he can become quite a weapon.

  4. With the consistency he’s shown putting the ball in the end zone during kickoffs, I’ve got confidence in Hauschka, and that’s not just because of how kickoffs were moved up during the last few seasons.

    I don’t think it’s fair to expect to have to put him out there on a number of 60+ yard attempts, if the offense takes care of business the same way we saw in the latter half of last season. Having that option won’t hurt though, I haven’t been very impressed with the Hawks attempts at converting 4th downs.

  5. I was not a fan of Haushka, as he misses as often as he makes 50 yarders, and basically anything past 49 is likely to miss. HOwever, as Dukeshire pointed out, he seems to have gotten stronger or improved his technique in the offseason, as his kickoffs are booming deep into the endzone, and he darn near made a 60 yard field goal.

    What I’d like to see is Haushka make some 50-55 yard attempts over the next two preseason games.

  6. freedom_X says:

    It seems like Seattle really is concerned about depth at the D-line (particularly at end) since they keep bringing in bodies at this position at the expense of others.

  7. raymaines says:

    This doesn’t have anything to do with actual NFL football, but…

    Have any of you guys ever tried to place kick a football? Or even a soccer ball? Holy cow, NFL kickers are like Superman. Wiggs included. It’s just that some of those guys are more super than others.

  8. Another DE? SEA’s preseason pass-rush currently ranks 3rd, their run-defense 8th.

  9. raymaines – I doubt I could hit a golf ball as far as they kick footballs.

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