Lockett finally appears to be fully recovered from the broken leg he sustained in Dec. 2016, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. "It's really been a blessing for [Lockett] to be able to get his legs back underneath him,'' head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. "Last year was a struggle for him. The offseason for certain, but throughout the season itself he was not able to do things in the same manner that he had done it in years past. And that's really just workload. He just couldn't do as much, had to take care of his legs more. So he's back at it, he's really playing fast, he has no restrictions of any kind or after-effects of the surgery of last year."
According to Carroll, it was "obvious" that Lockett wasn't playing at 100 percent in 2017 despite the receiver being healthy enough to suit up for all 16 games. We'd agree, as Lockett not only seemed less explosive but his efficiency in the stat sheet took a hit -- Lockett averaged career lows in yards per target (7.8) and yards per reception (12.3) last season after recording 9.3 YPT and 13.7 YPC over 135 looks during his first two seasons in the league. Now healthy, Lockett has an opportunity to re-establish himself as a dangerous weapon for quarterback Russell Wilson in a 2018 Seahawks offense that lost Jimmy Graham (Packers) and Paul Richardson (Redskins) in free agency this spring. Big-bodied wideouts Brandon Marshall and Jaron Brown were the headlining additions to what remained of a receiving corps that otherwise includes stalwart Doug Baldwin, but none seem to profile as a deep threat quite like Lockett does.
Lockett had an inconsistent and ultimately disappointing season, finishing with 45 receptions for 555 yards and two touchdowns.
Lockett had less than 40 yards in 12 games, finishing with two games of double-digit fantasy points in non-PPR leagues. His 12.3 yards per catch and 7.8 yards per target are both career lows, and after six TD receptions as a rookie, he's totaled three the last two years. Lockett's future with the Seahawks seemingly hinges on whether the team re-signs free agent Paul Richardson. Both speedsters have similar skill sets, and Richardson overtook the starting job as the No. 2 receiver this year, playing 77 percent of snaps to Lockett's 65 percent. Richardson, though, was inconsistent as well, and Lockett has value as a kick returner, for which he's made two Pro Bowls. If the team re-signs Richardson, Lockett likely will see a similar role next season, which probably would be his last in Seattle. If the Seahawks pass on Richardson, Lockett figures to get more playing time next season and a long-term deal.
Lockett caught two of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Rams.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Lockett started the season on an 11-game scoreless streak but had scored in back-to-back games heading into Sunday. The diminutive dynamo has taken a back seat in Seattle's offense this season with just two touchdowns and two games of at least 75 yards. He might get luckier this week as Seattle takes on a Dallas defense ranked 26th in the league in opponent receiving touchdowns with 1.86 per game.
Lockett brought in four of five targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Jaguars. He also rushed once for 10 yards, returned four kickoffs for 85 yards and netted five yards on three punt returns.
Lockett enjoyed his best day from scrimmage since Week 8, and his 74-yard touchdown reception with 3:42 remaining brought the Seahawks to within 30-23. The catch was Lockett's longest of the season as well, and he's posted both of his receiving touchdowns on the season over the last pair of contests. Lockett's production still remains hard to trust, but his big-play upside can certainly emerge in any given week. He'll look to build on Sunday's performance against the Rams in Week 15.
Lockett caught both of his targets for 17 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-10 win over Philadelphia.
Lockett put Seattle up by two scores in the third quarter when he worked his way across the field on a short crosser and was found by a scrambling Russell Wilson for a one-yard score. It was Lockett's first touchdown of the season, and it might take a little while for him to get his next one. Lockett has, for the most part, been quiet this season with the emergence of Paul Richardson. He also seems to be getting a little competition from tight end Nick Vannett, who has caught multiple passes in three of his last four games. Vannett, Seattle's second tight end behind Jimmy Graham, saw more offensive snaps than Lockett on Sunday (33 to 29).
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