While he stands at 5-10 with a weight of 182 pounds Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett is considered average if not small for an NFL wide receivers. Putting him in the category of average would be the first mistake and the last mistake any defensive coordinator would make in underestimating the drive and determination that has driven the 2015 3rd round draft pick from Kansas State. Lockett suffered a knee injury in 2016 and his perseverance and commitment are paying off this year . Lockett has caught a career-best seven touchdowns with six more game left in the regular season.
“He’s off to the best start for sure. He’s got more touchdowns than he’s had and if we can just keep pecking away at that, he will put together a fantastic season, head coach Pete Carroll said when asked about Lockett start to the season. “But he’s been great. He’s been really consistent. It’s been great to have him in good health and all of that, and at top speed you can see how effective he is. He’s so fast and he utilizes it really well – probably more though. He’s come through with great catches. He’s made a lot of great catches this year and taking the ball away from guys at times and getting off his feet to make the plays he’s made.”
Lockett has 38 catches for 554 yards and his value to the team was crystal clear in the Seahawks 27 to 24 win over the Green Bay Packers. Lockett was target five times and was able to get the ball all five times for 71 yards and a Pro Football reference rating of 100%. Two of Lockett catches came in the Seahawks final drive that ended with an Ed Dickson game winning TD catch
It was that second time this year that Lockett achieved the 100% target/catch rating. In his four years with the Seahawks Lockett has a 68.6% target to catch average. Lockett has 17 career receiving touchdowns and only four have been with the Seahawks holding a lead of more than 14 points. Seven of his TD receptions came with the Seahawks trailing and the other six TD receptions were with the team leading by less than seven points or the score tied.
For Lockett part of his success, this season has been focusing on beating defenders to the ball once it leaves the quarterbacks hands
In addition to the hardwork that has brought success, Lockett has been having fun with his teammates.