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Pete Carroll on Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s 100-yard game: ‘He’s back’

Tyler Lockett had his first 100-yard game since Nov. 3 in the Seahawks' win Sunday. (Getty)

The Seahawks’ Nov. 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a banner day in the career of Tyler Lockett.

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Seattle’s fifth-year wide receiver hauled in a pair of touchdowns, set career-bests with 13 catches, 18 targets and 152 yards, and registered his third game of the year with at least 100 yards receiving, which was a new single-season high.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, that was the last time for a while Lockett would look like himself.

In Seattle’s next game, Lockett suffered a scary injury that landed him in the hospital for two nights, a precautionary measure to make sure the bruise didn’t lead to compartment syndrome. And while he was back in action following a bye week, he continued to be slowed by the injury as well as illness. So going into the Week 15 contest with the Carolina Panthers, the big question for the Seahawks’ offense was whether Lockett could play like the team’s No. 1 receiver for the first time in over a month.

Turns out there was nothing to worry about. Lockett bounced back in a big way, making eight catches on nine targets for 120 yards and a touchdown, pushing his single-season career-high to four games with 100 yards or more receiving.

“Yeah, he’s back,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday about Lockett on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Pete Carroll Show. “… We really felt like that was going to happen. We could see it coming. … He made terrific plays all game long.”

Carroll said Lockett had been showing in practice that he was finally back to 100% percent after a trying month.

“Because of the way he looked during the week and he really bounced back, we just did what we normally do, just try to get him the football as much as we can,” Carroll said. “The targets were there and it worked it out great. … We certainly wanted him to be active and we thought he could be a big factor.”

Lockett definitely was. And though other plays might garner more attention, Carroll was most impressed with the final catch Lockett made (watch here), a 14-yard reception after he got himself open while Russell Wilson scrambled. That was a key play on Seattle’s final drive, as it gave the Seahawks a first down on third-and-long, helping them run out the clock in their 30-24 win over the Panthers.

“There was nothing better than that scramble pass that he caught,” Carroll said. “… The movement that he made to get open and then to come back to the football and still get (to) the sticks, that was an incredible play by those two guys.”

“Those two guys” – Lockett and Wilson – have always had a strong chemistry, and there is no better example of it than Sunday’s game or, more specifically, that final connection they made.

“They’re both just such a high plane of understanding the game and how things go and how to maximize out there and try to take advantage of what’s going on… just find a way to make the right choice,” Carroll said. “I go back to the scramble play that we secured the game with at the end, Tyler knew instantly that he had to move because Russ was moving. … He closed back to Russ where they couldn’t cover him.

“That kind of stuff, you just don’t see that stuff very often. He does that regularly. He just naturally knows what to do with the variables that he’s faced with, and Russ does as well, so you put both those guys together, that’s why you see them playing at such a high level.”

With Lockett back playing like his usual self, Wilson had his second-best passer rating of the season (137.7), throwing 20 for 26 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Look at Russell’s efficiency. Look how high it is having that factor (Lockett) in there,” Carroll said. “It’s a marvelous connection.”

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