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Wednesday Round-Up: Tyler Lockett Feels "Stronger Mentally" And "Stronger Physically" Heading Into 2018 Season

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 8 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Lockett: "Now I Can Go Back To How I Really Play"

Tyler Lockett, the receiver-returner who Seattle traded up to select in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Kansas State, heads into his fourth NFL season as one of the more established receivers, alongside Doug Baldwin, on the Seahawks' roster. As the club readies to play its first preseason game of 2018, Lockett spoke with the media about what he's looking to get out of Thursday night's exhibition against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field.

“Just look to continue to further my game," he said. "Obviously going into each year, there’s things that you want to be able to work on, things that you want to get better at. My four years when I was at Kansas State, my fourth year is when I put everything together. Whenever I was a great receiver as well as a great returner, and so that’s the thing that I want to be able to do is I want to be able to put everything together. I don’t want to just be a great returner and an average receiver. I want to be able to be a great receiver and a great returner as well and I think this is the year where it happens.”

Lockett, who earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors as a returner during his rookie season that also saw him record 664 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns (6 receiving, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return), suffered a significant leg injury in 2016 that had him playing at what he's estimated to be between 75-80 percent throughout last season. Healthy now and with expecttations to play a big role in Seattle's upcoming season, Lockett was asked how he feels now compared to this time last year.

"Yeah it feels different, but I never use that to my advantage to make people feel bad for me," he said. "I could care less how people felt. Some people thought I had a bad season last year. I thought I had a great season the way that I felt. Not too many people would have been able to go out there and play all 16 games like I did, or even do half the stuff that I did. I take that credit upon myself. I could’ve easily sat out and took the easy way out, but I don’t ever do that.

"Going into this year, I mean I’m stronger mentally, I’m stronger physically. There’s a lot of things that I can do, I can go back to how I play my game. The funny thing is, when you’re not able to play your game, you got to figure out how to still play your game but switch it up a little bit. And that’s exactly what I did, I switched it up to where certain things work. Now I can go back to how I really play, and it makes me feel more comfortable because now I can play my game.”

Listen to Lockett's full interview right here.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from CenturyLink Field, which shares photos from a Make-A-Wish visit hosted at the Seahawks' stadium this week.

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