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Tuesday Round-Up: What's Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett's Ceiling With The Seahawks?
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What's Tyler Lockett's Ceiling?
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com reviews the play of wide receiver Tyler Lockett's rookie season in Seattle, where Lockett earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors as a returner, but also recorded 664 yards and six touchdowns receiving, numbers that ranked near the top among rookie pass catchers.
At his end of the season press conference, Pete Carroll said the Seahawks are "just getting going" with Lockett and that the 2015 third-round pick out of Kansas State can become "a go-to guy in the system." As far as a ceiling for No. 16, Carroll said, "I don't know if there is one. Hopefully we'll keep pushing that ceiling up with him."
With those statistics and comments from Seattle's head coach in mind, Kapadia provides an assessment of Lockett's first season and hints at where he'll fit into Seattle's offense moving forward:
The word versatility gets overused in the NFL, but it fits with Lockett. Because he entered the league at 5-10 and 182 pounds, some draft analysts pegged him as a slot receiver. But that wasn't the case. Of Lockett's 51 receptions, 33 came when he was split out wide, compared to 17 when he was in the slot (one came when Lockett was lined up in the backfield).
A couple things stood out with Lockett on film. One was his toughness. Lockett seemed to make one catch every week where he got drilled by a defender but hopped right back up.
The second thing was his ability to use quickness and technique to beat press coverage and get downfield. Lockett averaged 13.02 yards per reception, but look for that number to jump considerably next season. Lockett consistently got open deep, but Russell Wilson was not always able to connect. It makes sense that the chemistry between them would improve with more reps together.
As for opportunity, a lot depends on what the Seahawks do with Kearse, a free agent. If Kearse returns to Seattle, Lockett will still likely see a bump in targets, but his role probably won't be that much different than it was in 2015.
If Kearse signs elsewhere, Lockett would likely start opposite Baldwin. The Seahawks use a lot of 11 personnel (one RB, one TE) so they'd still need to find a reliable third receiver. But in this scenario, Lockett really would have a chance to become the "go-to guy" Carroll referred to. Read
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