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Tyler Lockett ‘In The Middle’ For Seahawks’ Offensive Plans

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) begins to run a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) OTK
Tyler Lockett will be more integrated into the offense this season (John Froschauer / The Associated Press)

In his first season Tyler Lockett played 61.5 percent of Seattle’s offensive plays. Heading into year two that number seems likely to increase. With the core of Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Lockett in tact, Seattle’s passing game only figures to improve.

“The biggest thing is I’ve been going against Richard about 95 percent of the camp, and he’s just made me a better player,” Lockett said via ESPN. “Going against Richard, I’ve got to be able to move him and get him off at the line, and I can’t use the same stuff every time because he’s a smart defender, so I’ve got to switch some things up.

“And if things don’t work, at least it doesn’t work in practice against him. If it does work, he’ll let me know and be like, ‘Hey, that was a good release. That really does work.’ And it just makes it easier for me to go against anybody else, especially on other teams, after I go up against the best DB in the league.”

One has to like Lockett’s chances of really breaking out in year two. He was tied for the league lead with 6 touchdowns by rookie receivers, a number that figures to improve. As long as Russell Wilson is under center, Tyler Lockett figures to be an interesting option for fantasy owners in the future. Head coach Pete Carroll really seemed to agree that Lockett will absolutely be more involved this season.

“We do everything we can think of with him,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing we hold back. He’s smart enough, sharp enough, works hard at it. He is one of the hardest working guys we’ve ever had in the program, most consistent guy we’ve ever had. Comes in early, staying late and pushing to work on the things that he wants to improve at. He’s been awesome.”

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