Tyler Lockett

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man, died Monday after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes while Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, has ignited protests in Minneapolis and other US cities. What happened to Floyd has immensely impacted many, including professional athletes like Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier.

The Seahawks 2019 first-round pick said he’s been watching the violent protests take place in Minnesota, and while he is disturbed by the senseless acts on the black community, Collier says he hopes people will start listening. 

It’s upsetting just to see what those people are going through, the way that that’s what they have to resort to just to be heard, just to be seen. Just at what point does people have to continue to be killed just for somebody to understand what being black is like. That’s what we go through every day, just the fear that being pulled over you don’t know what’s gonna happen, just like no one wants to live with that. Just the rioting to the point of what do we have to do for you to hear us? It’s just a sad thing. I wish it was handled better. 

I feel like this should open the doors to help people understand what’s going on in this world, how people of color are being oppressed.

Collier is not alone in sharing his thoughts. 

His teammate, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, shared an eloquent poem on Twitter speaking out on racial injustice and police brutality.

The powerful piece from Lockett also shed light on athletes kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social justice issues and police brutality toward African Americans.

But if we take a knee. That’s when they light their torches. And when we start to speak. That’s when we lose our endorsements. -- Tyler Lockett

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to publicly and peacefully kneel to raise awareness about the major systemic problem. 

Many other NFL athletes have protested over the years, including Duane Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson, who remained in the Seahawks locker room while the national anthem played before games last year.  

Brown doesn't believe he's seen any progress since Kaepernick began kneeling in 2016. 

“No, not really," Brown told reporters earlier this week. "If you know the details of what happened (in Minneapolis), it’s a tragic situation. ...It’s just an awful situation—that could have been prevented.

“I feel like, someone called the cops on him for, potentially, writing a bad check. And he ended up dying, on camera, unarmed and in handcuffs. So, I mean, it seems like this continues to happen, every year, at some point. I don’t know when it will change.”

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett named one of the NFL’s best pass-catchers

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett named one of the NFL’s best pass-catchers

Tyler Lockett did some ridiculous things last season, and the statistics prove it. 

The Seahawks star landed at No. 2 on NFL’s list of best pass-catchers. Lockett is just barely behind Saints wideout, Michael Thomas, as one of 10 players from a Next Gen Stats standpoint to haul in more targets than they were supposed to.

Per NFL.com and Next Gen Stats, Lockett had a catch rate of 74.5 percent, an expected catch rate of 61.9 percent, and a difference of 12.6 percent. 

ESPN writer Nick Shook said Lockett’s catch-rate difference is nearly equal to that of Thomas, but his method for achieving it was very different. 

Lockett enjoyed an average cushion of more than a yard above Thomas' rate (6.1 to 4.8), and as a result, his targets came with over 4 more air yards on average. Interestingly, Lockett's opponents rarely pressed him, doing so just 15.5 percent of the time, likely fearful of his potential to beat them deep after winning the jam at the line. That produced a lower yards-per-target average of 9.6, which is similar to Thomas' (9.3) despite facing much different coverage at the snap. Lockett has a flair for making the tough catch, though, so it should come as little surprise that he tied Thomas atop the catch-rate difference leaderboard. Defenses should probably stop leaving him wide open, though; he owned the highest wide-open rate of this group (22.7%).

Lockett had several highlight-worthy catches in 2019, as Russell Wilson’s go-to receiver all year long. 

Down 6-0 to the Los Angeles Rams last October, Russell Wilson was being chased by defenders when he fired off a pass to the corner of the endzone to Lockett, who was 0.2 yards from the sideline and 1.1 yards from the back of the endzone when he caught the ball with his tip-toes in bounds. 

The 13-yard toe-drag touchdown was the most improbable completion of the last two seasons, per Next Gen Stats. NFL Twitter lost it

There was also this catch on opening day. Despite having just one catch and only two targets against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lockett made his targets count. He went for a 44-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter that ultimately was the winning score in Seattle’s 21-20 victory.

Lockett took an important step last season after veteran receiver Doug Baldwin hung up his cleats and left football. He quickly emerged as Wilson’s new No. 1 target and the duo made up one of the NFC’s most explosive pairings.

If Lockett can stay healthy in 2020, we could very well see another 1,000-yard plus season for the 27-year-old, and perhaps a second Pro Bowl nod. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Stanford coach David Shaw.

Twitter user suggests how Seahawks could save money, Tyler Lockett not pleased with response

Twitter user suggests how Seahawks could save money, Tyler Lockett not pleased with response

The Seattle Seahawks have several free agent decisions to make this offseason. Retaining star edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, defensive tackle Jarran Reed, or both are at the top of their list.

Coach Pete Carroll said bringing Clowney back would be a priority for the team, while Jarran Reed made it clear on clean out day, he wants to stay in Seattle.

With roughly $60 million to spend, the sixth highest in the NFL, Seattle will have some important decisions to make.

One Twitter user had a suggestion for how the Seahawks could improve their financial situation this offseason: cut wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

Needless to say, Lockett wasn’t impressed with the response.

Yeah…it probably wouldn’t make since to get rid of Russell Wilson’s main target. Prior to the postseason, Wilson threw 70 passes to Lockett this season and completed 57 of them for 965 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. Per Pro Football Talk, that’s a perfect 158.3 passer rating. No other receiver has accomplished such a feat, dating back to 2002, when being targeted more than 15 times.

Lockett may have not been selected to the Pro Bowl this season and his 82 catches for 1,057 yards and 8 touchdowns may not look perfect on paper, but Lockett had one of his most effective seasons ever while leading a young receiving corps for the first time.

We’re just going to leave it at this. Lockett’s not going anywhere, including with you to grab that beer.

Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

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Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

Good news for the Seahawks on Tuesday morning as it appears Tyler Lockett is out of the woods in terms of anything severe resulting from his injury last night and he might not even miss any game time:

Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle radio this morning also added that Lockett, "should be OK going forward."

Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital while dealing with a leg injury sustained in Monday night's win vs. the 49ers. 

Last night, as Joe Fann reported, there was concern about the extent of the injury:

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. 

Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett are locked in everywhere… Even in an elevator

Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett are locked in everywhere… Even in an elevator

Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett are going up. It’s an elevator pun, but it is completely accurate. 

The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback and go-to receiver have chemistry unlike any other. It has been displayed on several occasions all over the field.

Remember this touchdown vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football?

Or this diving grab:

 

Coming off his best season yet in 2018 (965 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns), Lockett has already recorded 40 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns through seven games this season. Meanwhile, Wilson has performed on an MVP level. 

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Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

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Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

Tyler Lockett is already a star on the football field, but now he can add published poet to his list of accomplishments.

The Seahawks fifth-year receiver released his poetry book titled “Reflection,” on Tuesday, which discusses topics such as identity, sports, race, relationships and how to live a purposeful life.

Lockett said the book has been something he’s long desired to put together since he began writing poetry as a student at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It really means a lot to me, because I found that the best way to be able to help somebody is just to talk about yourself,” Lockett told NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. “If you share your own scars, they’ll listen more.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who recently had Lockett on his DangerTalk podcast, said he believes the 27-year-old receiver’s ability to express himself through poetry is extremely rare.

“I think it could be a bestseller,” Wilson said. “I really do. I think when you guys read it, you’re going to be shocked. I really think so. You’re going to be surprised just how thoughtful he is about life, what he understands. He may look really young, but he’s definitely grown.”

The book is already No. 1 on the “new release” chart in African American Poetry on Amazon. You can pick up Lockett’s first collection of poetry here.

Tyler Lockett. Catch of the year confirmed!

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Tyler Lockett. Catch of the year confirmed!

Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett is quite the connection, but on Thursday they took it to a whole new level.

The Seahawks faced 1st and 10 from the Rams 14-yard-line when Wilson found himself flushed out of the pocket. With a contingent of Rams defenders breathing down his neck, Wilson flung an off-balance throw to the corner of the end zone. It looked like he was throwing it away, but Lockett was there to haul it in for what can only be described as the catch of the year. Take a look for yourself. 

Fans couldn't contain themselves and blew up social media: 

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Airbnb host cancels Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s stay because he is ‘overqualified’

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Airbnb host cancels Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s stay because he is ‘overqualified’

Tyler Lockett has some real life Airbnb problems.

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver recently booked a rental through the popular travel site and just one week before his stay, the host canceled.

This happens from time to time, but Lockett’s unexpected cancellation was out of the ordinary. According to Lockett’s posts on Twitter, the owner of the Airbnb wrote the five-year wideout and told him that he was “overqualified,” to stay at his residence.

Here’s a look at how the situation unfolded, which shook Cardinals running back David Johnson as well.

From the looks of Lockett’s last tweet, Airbnb remedied the situation.

Lockett is coming off a monster year in 2018, which included a three-year, $31.8 million contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through 2021.

While Lockett didn’t score his first Airbnb of choice for his upcoming trip, he’ll be scoring a lot on the field this season. With Doug Baldwin gone, he is poised to take the reigns as Seattle’s No. 1 option this season.

Seattle Seahawks' WR Tyler Lockett faces new challenges at No. 1

Seattle Seahawks' WR Tyler Lockett faces new challenges at No. 1

RENTON, Wash. - Tyler Lockett is about as unassuming as they come in the NFL. His physical presence at 5-foot-10 and 182-pounds doesn't scream "football player," let alone NFL star. His demeanor is more akin to that of an artist or as an educator patiently delivering a lesson. 

On the field, however, Lockett is all fire and fury with a heavy dose of dazzle. And now, he is the unquestioned No. 1 option in the Seahawks' passing game, which will require him to become a leader of a relatively young group as it moves forward without the invaluable Doug Baldwin. It's a role that on the surface Lockett doesn't appear to be well suited to embrace. But assuming as much would be underestimating someone who has overcome underestimations his entire life. 

"I think it’s all about how you approach it," Lockett said following a voluntary organized team activity at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "Obviously, it could be very uncomfortable, but every situation is uncomfortable whenever you haven’t experienced it before and that’s basically what growth is – it’s something that you’ve got to get accustomed to."

At the heart of Seattle's preparation for the 2019 season is the search of a No. 2 receiver after the team released Baldwin following a failed physical thus elevating Lockett to the top spot. The leading candidates are David Moore, Jaron Brown and rookie, D.K. Metcalf. Seattle his hopeful that a combination of rookies, a rising star in Moore and a veteran such as Brown can compensate for the loss of Baldwin and not force the team to search out a trade or sign an aging veteran as it did last season when the Seahawks brought in Brandon Marshall in what turned out to be a failed experiment. 

"Obviously we’re losing up Pro Bowl All-Pro type player in Doug Baldwin and what he’s able to do, but Tyler Lockett had a phenomenal year last year," Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said. "It’s his time to step up again. He’s going to have to play a major, major role this year, which he’s one of the best receivers in the league and all the things he can do to separate."

Lockett separated from defensive backs so well last year that Wilson had a perfect passer rating while throwing his way. With Baldwin hobbled and not himself much of the season, Lockett had career highs in receptions (57), yards (965) and touchdowns (10). He scored seven touchdowns over the first nine games while a hobbled Baldwin was either out of the lineup or not at full strength. So it's not as if Lockett is not used to being the focal point of a passing attack. He's just not used to doing so without Baldwin around and unable to deliver as he did during the final seven games of last season when he had five touchdowns in six appearances to help Seattle reach the playoffs. 

Nevertheless, Lockett says he fully expects the synergy between him and Wilson to continue. 

"Yeah, I think a way to be able to build off that is now being able to work on being uncomfortable," Lockett said. "Obviously, we were very comfortable in the roles, in the positions that we ran last year and we allowed ourselves to be successful. But now some of those things that we haven’t really done together that we’re working on – which some routes that I haven’t really gotten to run like that because I wasn’t in the slot as much, now it’s being able to go off of that."

Ah, yes. The slot position so gloriously mastered by Baldwin with his jitterbug moves and sticky hands. He became Wilson's go-to receiver from that position running a variety of routes that got him open against virtually any type of coverage. The connection between Baldwin and Wilson was uncanny. Now Lockett, who has primarily played outside, will find himself attempting to duplicate some of what Baldwin did for Wilson. Yet, still expect Seattle to force opposing defenses into playing a game of "where's Lockett?"

“We’re going to move him around," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "The best weapon for us is when they don’t know where Tyler is going to be, so we’ll move him around. He can do so many things so well. He sees the game instinctive so well that he’s a hard matchup.”

Lockett said he's fine lining up wherever. 

"Wherever I’m at, it’s all about trying to get open or get other people open," he said. "And that’s what it’s all about. A lot of people – some people in the league, they only know how to play one position. And to me that’s the fastest way to be out. So I want to be able to master every single thing."

One thing Lockett has certainly at least come close to mastering is returning kicks. He's returned 130 career punts and 112 kicks. He hopes to remain in those roles in 2019. 

"I want to do everything, everything that I could possibly do, whatever that is," he said.

No matter how much of the yardage-producing load Lockett takes on, he will need help, and that will likely require him helping the younger players along just as Baldwin did with him during their four seasons together. 

"They watch the way he works," Schottenheimer said of the young receivers that includes Garry Jennings and John Ursua. "He doesn’t have to say much, just because of the way he works. If I’m nitpicking, he dropped a big third down pass, right? We came right back to him and he scored; I think that’s the best example for a young player."

The young player the team is highest on is Metcalf, a second-round pick out of Mississippi that is 6-4, 229 pounds and seemingly glides across the field like a runaway stallion. 

"I think he’s way above what people from the outside probably expected him to be," Lockett said. 

In a perfect word, Metcalf would develop quickly enough to start opposite Lockett and Moore and Brown would round out the top four. 

However it shakes out, Lockett will be the focal point and the groups leader, a role Baldwin helped him prepare for. 

"I think the biggest thing that I learned when it comes to Doug is you have to be yourself," Lockett said. "I have to be able to understand who I am as a leader and what I bring to the team as a leader. The things that he brought, I was able to learn from that and I was able to see that. But he also taught me how to be myself because if I can’t be myself, everybody else won’t be able to accept the message that I’m trying to allow them to be able to receive"

Who will fill the void created by the loss of WR Doug Baldwin?

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Who will fill the void created by the loss of WR Doug Baldwin?

Seattle began offseason workouts this week with one of the top priorities being to find someone, anyone, to fill the void created by the loss of wide receiver Doug Baldwin, released by the team last week after failing a physical. 

Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll made it clear that replacing Baldwin, who had multiple surgeries this offseason after an injury-riddled 2018, wouldn't be possible given all that he brought to the team as a player, leader and example of how to be a professional. 

"He’s been an integral part of everything we’ve ever been about since I’ve been here, it seems," Carroll said. "But not just he’s a good player – he’s been tremendous competitor in the program and he’s been a leader and he’s demonstrated everything that you’re supposed to demonstrate as a ball player in terms of toughness and grit and care and love and passion and all of that. So I don’t think we replace Doug. I think Doug was Doug and we won’t ever replace him in particular."

Well said, but Doug will no longer be Doug on the football field where his production and Jedi-like connection with quarterback Russell Wilson won't easily be replicated. 

"Doug has arguably been one of the best receivers in the National Football League for the past however many years, since he came into the league," Wilson said. "I’m glad he was on my team and I got to throw to him every day, versus him being on another team.  I think the thing about Doug is he was always open. He knew how to create separation. He had this fire that you didn’t see in anybody else, almost in a way. And I think that in terms of his passion, his love for the game, his love for just competing, his love for making plays, I mean, when the game’s on the line, he’s going to make a play, you know, and so, you’re going to miss that for sure."

How much Seattle ended up missing all that was Baldwin is the question. 

To date, Seattle has avoided signing a veteran free agent to add to the receiver mix. Names such as Michael Crabtree and former Seattle receiver Jermaine Kearse remain available. The Seahawks could also wait for a veteran to be released by another team or explore a trade. 

Another option is to simply roll with what the Seahawks have and hope that improvement from within, or an emerging rookie, will lessen the impact of losing Baldwin, whose five touchdown receptions over the final seven games last season (he missed one of them) helped get Seattle into the playoffs. 

Carroll said his is very pleased with the mix of receivers in place, and eclectic group that includes plenty of size, speed and power to go round. 

"When we get back to camp we're going to have some real competitions rolling," Carroll said. "We added three guys to the competition just out of the draft."

Here is a look at the receivers Seattle will choose from:

Tyler Lockett: He moves into the No. 1 role, which he basically took over last year while Baldwin struggled to heal his failing body. Lockett, who signed a three-years, $31 million contract extension before the season began, had career bests in receptions (57), yards (965) and touchdowns (10). 

"Tyler Lockett had a phenomenal year last year," Wilson said. "It’s his time to step up again. He’s going to have to play a major, major role this year, which he’s one of the best receivers in the league and all the things he can do to separate."

David Moore: He might be the wild card here. The seventh-round pick in 2017 came through last season with 26 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns and could start in 2019, or at the very least be the No. 3 receiver.  

"D-Mo is coming off really, I think, kind of a breakout year for him," Carroll said. "We're really counting on him taking another step in his junior year."

Wilson said Moore, who is 6-0, 215 and plays big and fast, must build upon last season. 

"I think for him it’s the consistency and just staying hot, cause when he gets hot, he’s on, he’s unstoppable," Wilson said. "And so we want to get him the ball as much as we can."

D.K. Metcalf: The rookie second-round pick is 6-foot-3, 229 pounds and runs a 4.33 40-yard dash. At the very least he will be a vertical and jump ball threat. He might not become a polished receiver in 2019, but he certainly should have an impact, even as maybe the No. 4 receiver. 

"He’s a freak of nature," Wilson said. "He’s a guy that can run as fast as can be. He can go up and get it, he can run all the routes and stuff like that. So it’ll be exciting to see his evolution, I think his work ethic and everything else."

Jaron Brown: The veteran of the group at age 29, Brown caught just 14 passes last year for 166 yards but five of his receptions went for touchdowns. If Metcalf is slow to develop, Brown could be the No. 3 receiver behind Lockett and Moore. 

"I feel like we underused him," Carroll said. "He had a lot of touchdowns for his catches but we expect to get more out of him."

Said Wilson: "He knows how to get open. He could create separation. He’s a leader. He’s an ultimate professional. So that’s what you’re looking for there in terms of JB."

Gary Jennings: Jennings brings size at 6-1, 214 pounds and he could play inside or out. He ran a 4.42 at the combine and should at the very least provide strong depth. It seemed rather obvious that Seattle had reservations about Baldwin's health when it selected Jennings just two rounds after taking Metcalf. 

Amara Darboh: But pushing Jennings for roster spot will be Darboh, a third-round pick in 2017 who caught eight passes as a rookie but was waived last year, landed with New England, was waived a couple of days later, returned to Seattle and spent the year on injured reserve. Now healthy, he could be back in the mix. 

"Darboh looks great," Carroll said. "He's back in the fold now, so he goes back into the competition of it."

John Ursua: The seventh-round pick is a long shot to make the 53-man roster and might end up on the practice squad. But he's fast and shifty. Where a player was drafted on this team often means little. Baldwin, after all, went undrafted. 

"The guys who want to work, the guys who want to be great, the guys who are going to do the extra work, the guys who at the end of the day are going to make a play and want to make the play, those are the guys are going to make it and we’re going to have a lot of great players," Wilson said. "So it’s going to come down to seeing what happens in the preseason and then sure enough it’ll be exciting thing. I know one thing, I’m excited to play quarterback here just to be able to throw it to these guys and how many guys are going to be able to get open, create separation and make plays."