Heaps: How Seahawks got star WRs Lockett and Metcalf going vs Jaguars
The Seahawks came away with a much-needed 31-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 before hitting the bye, and they got the win in large part because of the play of their star playmakers on offense.
Those playmakers are, of course, star receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who combine to be one of the best wide receiver tandems in the entire NFL. They certainly played that way against the Jaguars.
In that game, Lockett led all players in the game with 12 catches on 13 targets for 142 yards while Metcalf caught all six of his targets for 43 yards and found the end zone twice. Those two caught 18 of Geno Smith’s 20 completions.
So how did the Seahawks get those two going in a must-win game? That was the subject of former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps’ latest Chalk Talk video breakdown.
The first play Heaps looks at was also the very first play of the game for the Seahawks on offense. By putting tight end Gerald Everett in motion from right to left, the Seahawks were able to get what Heaps calls a four-by-one formation, which highlighted Metcalf’s one-on-one matchup with former Seattle Pro Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin. The Seahawks then do a spacing concept with their routes, and Lockett, because of Smith looking initially for Metcalf, is able to get open because Smith forces the linebacker to shade to the right side of the field.
The second play Heaps breaks down was Metcalf’s first touchdown of the day, where he made a leaping grab over Griffin along the right sideline for Seattle’s first score. The Jaguars were in man coverage with one-on-one matchups across the field, and Metcalf and Griffin were matched up on the far right side of the field. Metcalf runs a go route, and Griffin was with him all the way and a step ahead. Because of that, Smith threw it to Metcalf’s back shoulder and the result was a beautiful leaping touchdown grab for the third-year receiver.
And the third and final play of Heaps’ breakdown was the trick play the Seahawks ran where Smith tossed the ball on a pitch to running back DeeJay Dallas who ran right before tossing it back to Smith. Smith then found Lockett, which set up Metcalf’s second touchdown reception of the day.
Watch the full breakdown at this link or in the video at the top of this story.
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