Photo credit: Gregory Shamus
Author: Jon Kuzma
Tyler Lockett has a knack for finding the end zone. His 10 touchdown receptions prove that and the former Kansas State alum has done a great job of establishing himself in the Seahawks’ offense. Russell Wilson loves to target Lockett and usually that’s on a deep pass downfield. Clearly those two guys are on the same page when it comes to the execution side of things and they’re also responsible for getting this franchise back to the postseason. Without Lockett stretching the field vertically it’s very unlikely Seattle would’ve got in. So you plug in the film and you try to see what Lockett does best and few things immediately jump out at you. First it’s his speed and you have to remember he ran 4.40 40 yard dash at the 2015 NFL combine. Defenders have a tough time keeping up and then the offensive play calls also make it very tough. Brian Schottenheimer loves to play action off the run game and you have to remember the Seahawks are great at running the football. Defenses are already selling out to stop the inside hand offs but then Wilson will bootleg off the run fake and reverse the field. Many times Locket was waiting on the backside with a flag route that went for a big play. He’s also very good with hesitation routes and the stop and go plays. Which means cornerbacks have to be so tuned in to be aware of everything Seattle tries to do them offensively. Then there’s the actual act of catching the ball and oh yea Lockett has really good hands too. Whether it’s a fully extended catch or a play where he has to jump above a defender and make something happen. It doesn’t matter Tyler Lockett can make it look easy and he’s right on the cusp of making the Pro Bowl. At the moment Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Adam Thielen, and Davante Adams are the four wide receivers representing the NFC in that all star event. Lockett has to beat out one of those four to get to Orlando in 2020.
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Tyler Lockett proved he’s an elite receiver. His vertical routes stretch the field for Seattle.