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Thursday Round-Up: Tyler Lockett Ranks Top-Five WR According To Next Gen Stats

Wideout Tyler Lockett’s 85 Overall Next Gen Stats rating ranks No.4 amongst all receivers through 13 weeks.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, December 1 — about your Seattle Seahawks 

Tyler Lockett Is Elite

Wideout Tyler Lockett has caught 50 or more passes (57) for the fifth-consecutive season, along with 708 receiving yards and six touchdowns through 11 games played. ESPN’s analytics and NFL Next Gen Stats player-tracking data ranks the Seahawks wideout as the No.4 receiver league-wide through 13 weeks

ESPN analytics writer Brian Burke broke down the metrics behind the rankings, which fluctuates per a series of thresholds per week. 

RTMs are a set of four metrics we've named Open Score, Catch Score and YAC Score, plus the overall combination of those three. All four are a per-play rate metric, rather than a counting or cumulative stat.

Each score is on a 0-99 scale, where 50 is roughly league average. The purpose of the metrics is not solely to rank receivers from best to worst; the goal is to describe and explain how a receiver is -- or isn't -- able to produce yards.

How do they work?

All three components generally work the same way. For each, a benchmark is set based on the context and dynamic inner workings of the play. The metrics measure the degree to which the receiver exceeds or falls short of that benchmark.

In Seattle's 40-34 Week 12 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Lockett caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Scoring in each of his last four games certainly boosted Lockett's 85 overall grade per the data, ranking No.4 league-wide.

Lockett's 89 "Get Open" grade ties for second-best with Miami Dolphins wideout Tyreek Hill. The eighth-year wideout also tied for No.2 in "Making the catch" (88), sharing the runner-up spot with Cleveland Browns receiver Amari Cooper. From 2018 to this week, Lockett's 85 overall grade is T-No.11 (Cooper Kupp) league-wide.

During the bye, wideout DK Metcalf endorsed Lockett for a second-career Pro Bowl nomination and first as a receiver. "He is the most underrated receiver in the league," said Metcalf. "He deserves to be in the Pro Bowl."

Lockett has an opportunity to push his touchdown streak to five games and rejuvenate Seattle's playoff push in Week 13's road matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett ranks No.5 league-wide in receiving touchdowns (42) since 2018.

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