Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett started off Fridays Zoom conference with revelation and insight. The six year receiver revealed that he had an offseason where he learned to let go of things he could not control and control that which he can.
“ A lot of things that I was blinded to, things I never wanted to deal with actually happened, for me I was able to grow tremendously, and I also had to step back and know what it’s like not to be in control all the time. The other thing I learned was what’s important and my faith helped me through that in football and life.”
Words of wisdom coming from a former young man who has transitioned to a mature adult professional athlete. Lockett set career highs and led the team in receptions ( 82) and receiving yards ( 1057) last year. His 8 touchdowns were just two off his career best total of 10. More importantly Tyler proved his durability playing through a late season leg injury suffered during the Seahawks week ten win over the 49ers.
Lockett’s consistency enable for the emergence of DK Metcalf who had a breakout rookie year with 58 receptions, 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. An area of focus for Lockett is the commitment to make everyone around him better. For Lockett the team first mentality will reap dividends for the teams wide receiving corps and ultimately the team as a whole.
“I’m going into it with the mindset of, ‘I want you to win just as much as I want to win.’ When you really do that, you’ll really start to see how much another person’s success opens the door for you,” Lockett said. “We’re building each other up to get to the top.”
The Seahawks added former Carolina Panthers All-Pro TE Greg Olsen and Wide Receiver Philip Dorsett from the Patriots. Throw in a fully healed Will Dissly and TE Jacob Hollister the Seahawks receiving corps has chance to be one of the best.
It’s hard to teams to go into it with the mindset of, ‘Who should we stop? Who should we guard? What kind of game plan should we have?’ Because if we’re a team that knows how to adapt, you never know who’s (going to have the big game),” Lockett said.
During the call Lockett revealed that a cousin who had lived with him in Seattle for two years contracted the Covid-19 virus in his home town. While she recovered the two week process had Lockett in deep contemplation about playing football this year. Another reason Lockett contemplated not playing was in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart abnormality. While the condition is benign , his aorta is on the right side he gave some thought to opting out. According to Lockett his faith in the Seahawks organization gave him the confidence to return for another break out season.
“I had my chance to opt out,” Lockett said. “And I said if I come up here I’m going to just play. I know we’ve got Pete (Carroll). We’ve got a lot of older coaches. They don’t want to put themselves in a situation to get sick, neither. So I told myself if they could do it then I know I could do it.”
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