One of the most elite wide receivers at Russell Wilson’s disposal departed from Seattle after the 2018 season.
Doug Baldwin, who connected with Wilson for 45 of the receiver’s 49 touchdowns, hung up his cleats after the Seahawks released him with a failed physical designation and walked away from football.
After his departure, Wilson said there was “nobody like Doug Baldwin.” Pete Carroll noted that the Seahawks wouldn’t replace him in particular, but that “somebody else will do something a little bit differently and will make his own spot for himself."
Tyler Lockett was ready to seize the opportunity.
Now, two years removed from Baldwin’s departure, the wide receiver group is filled with talented young receivers and athletic playmakers. Lockett is at the helm.
Under the lights in Arizona, Lockett showed just how equipped he is to lead the Seahawks after recording 15 receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss in the desert.
“He just made so many special plays, he was unbelievable,” Wilson said after the game. “Just the post-route that he caught in the back of the end zone, that was just an amazing catch by him...
Lockett attributes his SNF success to a recent series he listened to called “Forgiveness University,” from his youth pastor, Michael Todd, of Transformation Church. Lockett said that learning how to forgive was a gateway to him to turn his pain into purpose, both with the Seahawks and as a human being.
“I started to feel a lot more free whenever I went out there,” Lockett said. “As a person, I felt better. I felt like I was able to help the team out a lot more. Unfortunately, we lost the game, but I think we really put ourselves in a great position to learn from a lot of things that can help us throughout the rest of the season.”
Despite the Seahawks leaky defense and a dizzying finish that ended with Seattle’s first loss of the season, Lockett showed a lot of promise.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lockett became the first player with at least seven receiving touchdowns and 500 receiving yards in his team’s first six games of the season since Calvin Johnson in 2011.
The 28-year-old receiver also joined Steve Largent in becoming the second Seahawks receiver with 200 yards in a single game and tied Largent’s club record with 15 catches in a single-game.
While Lockett’s career day didn’t result in a win, he’s proven he’s the star Seattle has longed for since Baldwin’s departure. His former teammate is cheering him on.