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Wise Receiver: Tyler Lockett carries enlightened perspective into Year 1 as Seahawks go-to guy

Wise Receiver: Tyler Lockett carries enlightened perspective into Year 1 as Seahawks go-to guy

 

Tyler Lockett sure seems to have it all figured out.

Over the course of a 40-minute interview, the Seattle Seahawks fifth-year wide receiver showed he’s an All-Pro when it comes to perspective. Lockett appears to have achieved a level of psychological nirvana despite entering a season filled with sky-high expectations.

He’s now Russell Wilson’s go-to guy following the retirement of Doug Baldwin, assuming the role of Seattle’s No. 1 receiver. Lockett is coming off of his best year as a pro in 2018 with 965 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. But is he capable replacing Baldwin? Can he carry a passing game? Does he have the ability to become elite a la Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr.?

To paraphrase Lockett’s answers: I don’t have to, who knows and I don’t care.

Lockett wisely explained that he isn’t fazed by outside pressure – whether it’s coming from hopeful Seahawks fans or needy fantasy owners.

“I’ve never had expectations for myself,” Lockett said flatly. “I’ve never had goals for myself.”

That sounds absurd. Professional athletes, receivers especially, are notoriously stat-hungry and concerned over their individual performance. But even when pressed on it, Lockett wouldn’t relent from his approach to the game.

“I can play free or I can play and worry and the stats will be the same,” Lockett said. “It’s just a matter of how you want to get there. Do you want to play free or do you want to worry? My stats are going to say what they’re going to say.”

Those are enlightened words for a 26-year-old.

“I think that’s an ascended approach,” Pete Carroll said. “I think that’s a guy that understands what’s going on (and) where he fits. ... He just wants to play football and have fun with his team. He knows that the good stuff will come. He’s an extraordinary player, and he shows it every day.

“That kind of focus and the ability to get to that level of thinking is crucial for a guy to really have a chance to utilize all the talents that he has. He’s not worried. He’s not concerned. He’s not looking over his shoulder. ... That, to me, is really an ascended competitor. He gets it. That kind of trust in everything around him is what is freeing. That’s rare.”

Lockett’s faith helps liberate him from standard stressors. He’s been a devout Christian since childhood, and the belief in God’s plan keeps Lockett in the moment.

In Lockett’s eyes, being content is crucial. The problem nowadays is that content is often misconstrued as complacent. There’s a fine line as Lockett explains it. You can remain diligent in your approach and work ethic without having it take you out of the here and now.

“My faith in God drives me,” he said. “I could sit here and do all this stuff for me, but at the end of the day, it’s not going to make me truly happy. ... You’re going to want more if you’re doing it for yourself. If you’re doing it for something bigger, you’ll take a greater value in the little things. You’ll be more humble and more content.

“When you have a faith in God, you don’t worry about your life. What’s the point in serving somebody who created you and has a plan for you but then you never trust that the plan is going to prevail?”

Lockett’s humble Oklahoma roots helped establish those lessons. He joked that his home state was always “four or five steps behind” the other 49. There wasn’t much lavish wealth to be seen, and Lockett remembers being mostly insulated.

As far as Lockett remembers, there were no enormous homes in his hometown of Tulsa. Luxury cars capped at Dodge Chargers. National chains were considered fancy restaurants. The absence of extravagance helped ingrain in Lockett that fulfillment wasn’t dependent on money.

“People who are the happiest know how to make it work with what they’ve got,” Lockett said.

If there’s a fine line between content and complacent, there’s a similar tight rope between ambition and entitlement.

Lockett believes he’s owed nothing in life, which means the process is always more important that the result. If you’re strong in your beliefs, want for nothing and hardworking in your passions, then you’ll be able to thrive no matter life's outcomes. That goes for everything in life – football included.

“If you want to be the go-to guy, you’ve got to wait your turn,” Lockett said. “Everyone in life thinks they’re supposed to be given more than what they’ve got.”

The concept of “waiting your turn” is particularly applicable to Lockett’s upcoming season.

He’s been a factor since being drafted by the Seahawks in the 3rd round (69th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Lockett made the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro honors after his rookie season for his work on special teams. He posted 1,231 total return yards and two return touchdowns (one on a punt and one on a kickoff). In 2018, his best year as a receiver, Russell Wilson had a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeting Lockett.

But he’s always been the counterpunch to Baldwin. Until now, that is. Lockett has the traits to be the No. 1 Seattle needs him to be. While vertically challenged at just 5-foot-10, he has 4.40 jets, elite quickness and fantastic acceleration in and out of his breaks. He’s also impressively efficient, averaging a robust 10.1 yards per target over his first four NFL seasons.

Lockett knows he’s prepared for the opportunity at hand, which is why he’s free from the anxiety of living up to someone else’s expectations.

“Regardless of if it’s a great year or a bad year, I know that I’m going to do what I do, and I’m going to play the best game that I possibly can each game,” Lockett said. “Regardless of what I’m seen as or what I’m viewed as, it doesn’t really have anything to do with me. People have expectations of me. They have fantasy expectations of me. But at the end of the day, I don’t have to live up to those expectations. That causes so much worry and stress. All I have to do is go out there and be me.”

And “being him” is what will propel the Seahawks passing game in 2019. Lockett’s first 1,000-yard season seems inevitable as he’s the only proven commodity among Seattle’s youthful receiving core half comprised of rookies. The offense should have no issue generating points with Wilson at the helm, a stable of talented running backs led by Chris Carson and a stout offense line. The defense, especially following the acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney, has more than enough firepower to be a standout group as well.

Lockett, while mum on his personal forecast, is bullish about Seattle’s chances this season. The talent is unquestionably there on paper. Unsurprisingly, what’s more important to Lockett is the team’s mindset. He believes the roster is void of entitlement or anyone who thinks they’re owed any amount of reps, targets or touches.

“We can play with any team,” Lockett said. “It’s just a matter of if we can do the little things right. I think we’re going to be great this year. How far we go will all depend on how faithful we continue to be over the little things.”

Seahawks won’t hurry Rashaad Penny back, placed on PUP list 

Seahawks won’t hurry Rashaad Penny back, placed on PUP list 

As expected, Rashaad Penny has officially been placed on the active/PUP list on Monday as he continues to work his way back to the field. 

The Seattle Seahawks third-year running back, who suffered a torn ACL and additional damage to his left knee in the Dec. 8 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, has been sharing workout videos of his progress, leading many to believe he’s made a turn for the better. 

[RELATED: Rashaad Penny’s comeback tour from ACL injury is in full swing]

We didn’t think that we needed to rush him in because he’s still rehabbing, coming back, he’ll come in Thursday for Friday, and he’ll start his process of reconnecting with us on Friday. We just thought that’d be better. 

He missed a week in transition that we didn’t want to – because he would have had to sit around the days right here, right now. We’d like to go ahead, and hopefully we made a good decision there, we’re anxious to get him back. He’s been working out very hard, the reports are really strong that he’s doing well, but we have not had him in our building for a while now, so this will be our first chance. -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

As Carroll mentioned, Penny will return to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) this week for his COVID-19 tests. Assuming he passes all three, team doctors will then be able to evaluate his rebuilt knee. 

Prior to his injury, Penny rushed for 370 yards on 65 carries and had eight receptions for 83 yards in 2019. If he does in fact begin the season on PUP, Penny would have to sit out the first six games of the year.

While Seattle awaits Penny’s return, they’ve added fourth-rounder DeeJay Dallas and free agent Carlos Hyde in the backfield.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Pete Carroll sheds light on potential roles for Jordyn Brooks, Marquise Blair

Pete Carroll sheds light on potential roles for Jordyn Brooks, Marquise Blair

The slow ramp up for NFL training camps means there will be a slow ramp up for camp-related news as well. Pete Carroll indicated that things won’t really feel like football until around Aug. 14. Until then, players will be working out and getting in shape given the absence of an in-person offseason program.

That means we still have some time to wait until we get open practices and detailed reports as to who is playing well and who is playing where. However, Carroll was kind enough to shed some light as to where a few of the team’s intriguing young players might line up in 2020: second-year safety Marquise Blair and first-round pick Jordyn Brooks.

Blair

Last time Carroll spoke, he mentioned that Blair could be in the mix at nickel corner. It appears that spot might be Blair’s only shot to get on the field (or maybe dime linebacker) following the addition of Jamal Adams.

Carroll sounded confident in Blair’s ability to adapt to the role and eager to see Blair, Adams and Quandre Diggs all on the field at the same time.

“For the most part we have to figure out Marquise,” Carroll said. “He’s going to get the opportunity to get out against the slot and do some stuff that puts him in a position to be really active and be part of the pressure packaging and some real aggressive part of the play. So that’s cool for him.”

Blair and Ugo Amadi could share the nickel job with their reps determined by each week’s matchup. Blair would be the better matchup against tight ends and bigger wideouts while Amadi would be more favorable against more prototype slot receivers.

Blair appeared in 14 games (three starts) as a rookie and posted 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defended.

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Brooks

Carroll raved about how the rookie could play all three linebacker spots in Seattle’s 4-3 defense but added that Brooks will get reps at WILL to begin camp.

“I his clearest path– his most obvious path would be at the WILL backer spot,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes. We’ll start him there and see how fast he can grasp it and how soon he can become comfortable.”

That job, of course, has been K.J. Wright’s for the last decade. Wright had offseason shoulder surgery but should be ready for the start of the season. Brooks is the future at WILL but him unseating Wright immediately would be a significant storyline. That would suggest Wright moving to SAM. If you continue to track the ripple effect, Bruce Irvin’s reps would then seemingly be limited to the LEO spot on pass rush downs.

Carroll said the coaching staff has ways to get all four linebackers (Bobby Wagner included) on the field at the same time.

“There options for how we can do that that we worked out,” Carroll said. “The competition will settle it. The competition will tell us what we need to do here.”

Seattle Seahawks still 'very open' to reunion with WR Josh Gordon 

Seattle Seahawks still 'very open' to reunion with WR Josh Gordon 

With Antonio Brown suspended for eight games and unable to play until after Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, Seattle Seahawks fans are officially on Josh Gordon watch.

Any day now, the free agent wide receiver is expected to find out if he will be reinstated by the NFL, specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, after repeated violations of the league’s policies on PEDs and substances of abuse. 

The 29-year-old submitted a letter to Goodell in June, asking him for another shot to play football. He was hoping for a resolution ahead of training camp. 

The Seahawks have spoken highly of Gordon, who has been working out alongside many of his former teammates and shared social media posts expressing his desires to return to Seattle. 

For Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the interest is mutual, but reuniting with Gordon isn’t his decision to make.  

It’s not in our hands. Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team and by the way, we opened and embraced his coming to us, but also by the way he attacked it. So, we’re very open to that thought, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t know, I can’t tell you what’s gonna happen with that. -- Pete Carroll

[RELATED: Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown]

Gordon has missed more than 50 games due to multiple suspensions, but many NFL teams, including the Seahawks, haven’t given up on the talented receiver due to his productivity. 

In 2019, he caught 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown for the New England Patriots. Once he was claimed off waivers by Seattle, Gordon notched seven receptions for 139 yards in five games. 

Gordon’s laywer said he had a relapse following his brother’s death in November, which ultimately led to his sixth-career suspension.

“He has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what's proper and understand how to manage these issues,” Gordon’s lawyer Adam Kenner told NFL.com. “He's installed the right team around him to make sure he's on the right path. He understands he's been given every chance. He's looking forward to make the most of this."

It appears the door is still open for Gordon’s return. Whether the embattled wideout gets another chance remains in Goodell’s hands at this point, not the Seahawks. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: TE Will Dissly

Seattle Seahawks make or break players in 2020: TE Will Dissly

(This series focuses on the x-factors/wildcards on the Seahawks roster who will make or break Seattle’s 2020 season.)

There’s no denying what Will Dissly is capable of when healthy. He’s scored six touchdowns in the eight games in which he hasn’t gotten hurt. The issue, of course, is that he’s suffered a pair of devastating injuries in his other two games.

As a rookie, he ruptured his patella tendon. In 2019, after what was a remarkable return to make it back by Week 1, he tore his Achilles in Week 6.

Now Dissly’s status for the start of the season in uncertain once again. However, Pete Carroll provided positive news on Monday, saying that Dissly has once again made a fantastic recovery and has already passed a physical.

“Will had an incredible offseason,” Carroll said via Zoom. “He worked out down in Los Angeles. The group he worked out with told me he spent nine months with them – nine months working out on a rigid schedule, and he didn’t miss one minute of one day. They said they’ve never seen anybody do that before.”

The Seahawks will still ease Dissly back into things, and they have the ability to exercise that patience with the offseason addition of Greg Olsen. The veteran tight end is confident that he’s still got high-level football left in him, as is Seattle. Olsen’s presence makes the Seahawks less desperate to get Dissly on the field.

Dissly’s eventual return gives Seattle a really intriguing set of skill players at Russell Wilson’s disposal in the passing game. A two tight end set featuring Dissly, Olsen, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett has juggernaut potential. Those four should keep any one of them from getting too many double teams.

Wilson has already shown to trust Dissly immensely in the red zone given his six career scores. However, the third-year tight end out of Washington also has sneaky explosive play ability. He’s stretched the field on a number of occasions with receptions of 66 yards and 38 yards.

If he’s able to get back and remain on the field upon his return, we could be mentioning Dissly alongside the league’s best tight ends by season’s end.

Comeback kid Breanna Stewart takes home WNBA Player of the Week honors

Comeback kid Breanna Stewart takes home WNBA Player of the Week honors

Breanna Stewart is back from her torn Achilles and it’s like she never left. 

The Seattle Storm forward received WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors in the opening week of the 2020 season after an impressive first week back from arguably one of the most brutal injuries one can sustain. 

Stewie averaged 18.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as the Storm jumped out to a 3-1 start, tied for the league’s best record.

 

In her first WNBA game in almost two years since rupturing her Achilles, Stewart dropped 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals as the Storm blew past the New York Liberty 87-71 in the season opener for both teams.

She followed up that game with another dominant performance, this time against the Lynx. Stewart recorded 18 points,10 rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of play as Seattle rolled to a 90-66 victory over Minnesota.

Then, the 2018 WNBA MVP led her team in scoring with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as the Storm fell to the Mystics, 89-71. 

Stewart and the Storm capped off the week with a W over the LA Sparks, despite Sue Bird sitting out of Saturday’s matchup. Stewart finished with a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. 

It’s too early to tell if Stewart can recapture her MVP form, but a start like this one certainly has Storm fans wondering if Stewart will be hoisting the Most Valuable Player trophy and WNBA championship trophy above her head once again. 

Seattle Seahawks are re-signing defensive end Branden Jackson

Seattle Seahawks are re-signing defensive end Branden Jackson

Well, that did not last very long.

The Seattle Seahawks plan to re-sign veteran defensive end, Branden Jackson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Seattle released Jackson about a week ago when roster cuts were being made to get the roster down to 80 players. 

All team rosters have to be at 80 by Aug.16, if teams want to be able to work with their entire team at once in the early stages of training camp.

Jackson will re-sign under a different contract on Wednesday, once he has cleared COVID-19 testing protocols. 

In order to clear that, players have to have three negative tests before being allowed in the building.

In making this move, the Seahawks were also looking to save some money for themselves.

Jackson was due to make $2.13 million in 2020 if he made the roster.

Jackson will likely sign a deal with a lesser-overall value, saving the Seahawks some salary cap space. He could likely get a bonus of some sort as well. 

Last year, Jackson was on the field for a career-high 418 snaps. He appeared in all but one game, making three starts.

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown may have been handed an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, but that doesn’t mean the Seattle Seahawks won’t still try to sign him this season. 

If you asked NBC Sports’ Peter King, he’d bet his money on it. 

I think if I had to put $5 down on Antonio Brown's team for this year after his eight-game ban is served, I'd put it on Seattle. Russell Wilson is a fan and wants it to happen, Pete Carroll isn't afraid of risky guys, and John Schneider (Percy Harvin, Josh Gordon) is okay with taking shots on game-breakers with baggage. -- King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column

OK, so $5 isn’t exactly the most promising wager, but as King notes John Schneider and Pete Carroll are all about risky moves, and Seattle’s title window under Wilson is slowly closing at 31 years old. 

Wilson, as well as Seahawks backup QB Geno Smith, have both been seen working out alongside Brown this offseason and have reportedly been advocating for his signing. 

The Seahawks had internal discussions and recently conducted a deep dive on the talented wideout, but a signing was not expected to be imminent. Brown shared news he was hanging up his cleats, before unretiring two days later.  

[RELATED: NFL Twitter roasts Antonio Brown after he says he’s retiring from football... again]

If signed by Seattle or any other suitor for that matter, Brown could technically return following Week 8, just in time for a potential playoff run.

But, and yes there’s a but, his suspension could be extended if further violations are found related to an ongoing civil suit in Florida. NFL Media reported that the league continues to investigate a separate sexual assault allegation involving Brown. 

The free agent wide receiver has been without a team since he was released by the Patriots, where he played just one game in 2019. 

Brown will begin the 2020 season unable to participate, but he would be allowed to take part in a team’s preseason activities if he were to sign. It’s worth watching to see if a team, perhaps the Seahawks, will take a chance on the controversial wideout now or at some point in the 2020 season. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

The 49ers, now more than ever before, do not appear to be the biggest fans of the recent Seattle Seahawks trade for Jamal Adams.

Adams had the Niners as one of his teams he would prefer to be traded to before the Seahawks made their move on the star safety.

But, general manager John Lynch indicated that they were never in conversation with the Jets to begin with.

In an interview with KNBR’s Murph &Mac Show, Lynch took a subtle jab at the Seahawks for what they gave up in the deal to land Adams from the Jets.

“With Jamal Adams, you saw all the trade capital that they had to give up, which the Seahawks – good for them – they made that decision,” Lynch said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “You also got to pay the man. That’s one of the reasons he’s not in New York. Being up there against it (the cap) with what’s happening with the camp due to the pandemic, it just wasn’t a reality for us.”

During the offseason, the NFC West and several of the teams in it made some significant moves to bolster the division.

The Cardinals with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, and the with the addition of Greg Olsen and now Jamal Adams.

The 49ers are more focused on retaining their own players including George Kittle, but Lynch noted that he takes it as a compliment that the franchise is being mentioned in the rumors.

“Yes, our division is getting better,” Lynch noted. “We understand that. That’s why we’re working so hard to get better. …I love it seems to be that every guy that’s up for a trade that we’re involved. I love that people talk about the Niners. But I try to be truthful. We’re talking about (George) Kittle. We’re trying to save room for him.

It wasn’t just John Lynch who seemed to talk shots at the Seahawks and the Adams trade.

Niners’ WR Deebo Samuels also appeared to troll the Seahawks after the trade was made.

Samuels did not seem all that impressed with Adams heading over to the Seahawks, saying he has “never feared a soul” on the football with this tweet.

The Niners edged out the Seahawks on the final week of the regular season to win the division, and the Seahawks are looking to take the division this year with Adams to help slow down George Kittle on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry seems to only have gotten stronger since Adams got traded over to the Seahawks.

Obviously, Seattle and San Francisco will enter the upcoming season as the two NFC West favorites this year while Los Angeles and Arizona are looking much more improved with their additions as well.

Look for the first match-up between the two giants in the NFC West to be a heated one at that.

Jamal Adams shows off his Seattle Seahawks jersey for the first time

Jamal Adams shows off his Seattle Seahawks jersey for the first time

For days following Jamal Adams’ trade from New York to Seattle, fans have been photoshopping Seahawks jerseys on the All-Pro safety. 

On Monday, finally,12s got a look at Adams’ No. 33 jersey hanging up in his Seahawks locker. He captioned the photo “legacy,” as seen in the post below.  

That’s not the only thing Prez will be rocking this season. Adams will be paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant while wearing these Jordan’s with the words “Mamba Mentality,” written on the left sole and his numbers 8 and 24 on the right sole.  

“Mamba Mentality on the field, always,” he captioned the post. 

Adams is already a bona fide superstar and now he looks like one too. 

[RELATED: Jamal Adams is all-in with Seahawks, plans on retiring in Seattle]

The sixth-overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft requested a trade away from the Big Apple earlier this offseason and listed Seattle as one of his seven preferred destinations.  

In late July, the Seahawks gave up two first-round picks, one third-round pick and now former Seahawk safety Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a 2022 fourth round-pick.

In just three seasons with the Jets, Adams made two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro in 2019. He has 12 career sacks, 28 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles. 

Seattle is fresh off a trip to the NFC Divisional Round last season and Russell Wilson is coming off one of his best seasons to date. Add Adams into the mix, as well as several offseason acquisitions including Greg Olsen and Bruce Irvin, and the Seahawks have a legitimate argument as one of the NFL’s top contenders for a Lombardi Trophy in 2020.  

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]