Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Thursday, February 21 – about your Seattle Seahawks:
The Numbers Don't Lie
Does the headline surprise you? We've all seen some ridiculous dimes tossed with pin-point accuracy by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson that fall directly into the hands of wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Graham Barfield, Fantasy Managing Editor at NFL.com recently wrote an article recapping the most (and least) extraordinary QB-WR tandems of 2018 according to Next Gen Stats. And guess who the most extraordinary tandem is?
Beating out some deadly combinations from around the league, Wilson-to-Lockett take the cake. The duo was graded with a 20.1 percent catch rate above expectation, beating out the number two tandem by four percent. Barfield writes that "what makes Lockett and Wilson's connection so special is where they earned their production. Consider this: Wilson and Lockett combined to complete 18-of-23 passes for 663 yards and seven touchdowns on passes that traveled over 20 yards in the air in 2018. All of those figures led the NFL."
Lockett had the best season of his NFL career recording 965 receiving yards, 57 receptions, 10 of which were touchdowns, and an average of 16.93 yards per reception. "Lockett's 2018 breakout is genuinely one of the league's most uniquely dominant seasons ever," writes Barfield in an article published in January 2019. Wilson also had nothing short of a productive season recording 35 touchdowns, 3,448 passing yards, and a 110.9 passer rating. When targeting Lockett in 2018, Wilson had a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
This past year, Next Gen Stats began factoring in the distance the ball traveled, pressure on the passer, receiver separation, the quarterbacks' speed, and time to throw, to come up with a new metric called 'completion probability.' This metric was used to come up with the ratings for QB-WR tandems.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, which highlights a visit by Seahawks twin brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the latest round of mock drafts to see what the experts think the Seahawks might do with the 21st pick in this year's NFL draft.
Ben Arthur at SeattlePI.com looks at what players could be X-factors in 2019.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta continues his position-by-position look at the Seahawks roster by breaking down where things stand at the three specialist positions.
710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton says the Seahawks have big decisions to make in free agency on the offensive and defensive lines.
Take a look back at some of the Seahawks' 12 Flag raisers from the 2018 season.