Pete Carroll: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett doing ‘Steve Largent stuff’
The star of the Seahawks’ blowout 33-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday was running back Rashaad Penny, but one of Seattle’s steadiest and most consistent performers had a monster game as well, which helped him make history.
That would be receiver Tyler Lockett, who hauled in five catches for 142 yards and a 55-yard touchdown. It was his fifth 100-yard game of the 2021 season.
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“I don’t know that. I don’t think he does,” Carroll said. “I mean, he gets it around here. We know and love him and all that, but I don’t know that he is touted as much (around the league).”
Lockett has been one of the more underrated receivers in the NFL for a few years now, in part because he’s played with other star receivers such as Doug Baldwin and, for the last three seasons, DK Metcalf. But Lockett has done nothing but improve as a receiver since entering the league in 2015 as a third-round pick.
After setting a career-high in receiving yards with 965 in 2018, Lockett broke the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career in 2019. He went over 1,000 yards last year while setting a Seahawks single-season record with 100 receptions, and with 142 yards on Sunday in Houston, Lockett crossed the 1,000-yard threshold for 2021. He’s just the second Seahawks receiver to ever have three straight 1,000-yard seasons, joining Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
“He’s just a remarkably talented football player and athlete, and it’s great that we get to see him and all that and I wish everybody knew (how great he is),” Carroll said. “I mean, what more do you got to do? (He has) 1,000 yards three years in a row. That’s Steve Largent stuff around here. He had a magnificent performance yesterday.”
Part of what makes Lockett so special is his ability to make tough catches look routine, especially along the sidelines.
“To watch him daily or weekly in and out of these games and these opportunities and just so beautifully gracefully make these plays all look perfect. He makes the catches look perfect,” Carroll said. “He’ll time up (Russell Wilson’s) throws and use his body to position himself so looks like the ball is exactly where it’s supposed to be thrown time and time again. I’m not taking anything away from Russ’ throws, (Lockett) just just fits it up so nicely and he coordinates it with the sidelines of the end zone or the people around him.”
When the Seahawks studied Lockett’s college tape during his time at Kansas State, Carroll thought he was the best route runner in all of college football.
“Just because of the precision stuff,” he said. “I didn’t have any idea about all of this other instinctive stuff. I didn’t know why he was like he is.”
Then when Lockett got in the building after being drafted, his speed was what really stood out.
“When he first came here, he just was so darn fast,” Carroll said. “That was the first thing because he was so fast. And then he grew on us as he just showed us what he’s all about.”
Now, Lockett has a chance to set a new career-high in receiving yards as, with 1,023 yards, he has four games to exceed the 1,057 yards he had in 2019.
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