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Wednesday Round-Up: Tyler Lockett One Of The NFL's Best At Difficult Catches

NFL Network’s Nick Shook reviewed the league’s best wideouts by Catch Rate Over Expected (CROE) and the Seahawks receiver came in at No. 3.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Wednesday, June 15 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught for a career-best 1175 yards in 2021 - but that's not why he garnered recognition this week. Lockett rated as the No. 3 Next Gen Stats’ Catch Rate Over Expected wideout in the league for the 2021 season, as pointed out by Nick Shook on

The 5'10" eight-year veteran has made catches all over the field, but CROE measures difficulty in making catches calculated by several factors - including speed, separation from nearest defender and depth of target.

  • Catch rate: 68.2%
  • xCatch: 59%
  • CROE: +9.2%

According to Next Gen Stats, Lockett caught 68 percent of his targets, while expected due to the circumstances to catch 59 percent. Thus, Lockett caught 9.2 percent more passes than expected throughout the 2021 season.

Shook discussed Lockett's placement on the list and why he made it.

"In the past, Lockett was a speedster who made an impact in the middle portion of the field (between the numbers). In 2021, that changed a bit. Lockett became a sideline stud, catching 13 boundary targets (less than 2 yards from the sideline) -- the most such receptions in the entire league. That total was the most in a single season for Lockett during the Next Gen Stats era (dating back to 2016), and stands as proof of skill progression for a receiver who already boasts the highest catch rate over expected on targets outside the numbers since 2018."

Shook praised Lockett's progression in 2021, noting that he showcased even more versatility as a wideout than years prior.

"What we're seeing from Lockett is a receiver who has become a complete pass catcher capable of making a difference all over the field. Defenses are wise to give him space -- they just better cover it faster than they did in 2021."

Lockett flew a group of youth from his hometown of Tulsa to Seattle last week, as part of his Light It Up Foundation job shadowing program.

While Lockett heads into 2022 with three-consecutive 1000-yard seasons, he's also been praised for his embracing of a bigger leadership role.

Read more on the list from Next Gen Stats here.

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