Seattle Will Use Handful of Options to Replace Tyler Lockett
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Replacing Tyler Lockett isn't simple.
The second-year wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks is more than just a pass catcher. He's the primary kickoff and punt returner for the Seahawks as well, which was the primary reason Seattle took him in the third round of the 2015 draft. Lockett's become so versatile he even owns the Seahawks longest touchdown run of the season on a 75-yarder a few weeks ago against Carolina.
So when Lockett went down with a gruesome broken right leg last week against Arizona there was more than just Seattle's No. 2 wide receiver that was lost. And it's why the Seahawks will be counting on a handful of options to try and make up for Lockett's absence.
When Lockett went down in the second quarter last week, Seattle lost its most versatile offensive player and one that was seeing more opportunity as he finally got healthy after an early-season knee injury. Two games ago, Lockett had a career-high 130 yards receiving and a touchdown in a victory over Los Angeles.
Part of that growth was opportunity. Lockett had taken over as Seattle's Number 2 wide receiver after Jermaine Kearse was demoted as part of a disappointing season. Kearse will likely move back into that role opposite Baldwin. Rookie Tanner McEvoy and Kasen Williams — promoted from the practice squad this week — will also get chances in Seattle's wide receiver rotation.