The Seattle Seahawks may have found their number one receiver. Tyler Lockett had his best season in the NFL in 2018. The speedy wideout quickly became one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets in the offense.
For the past couple of seasons, the Seahawks have been in unchartered territory. After running the NFC West for the previous few seasons, the Seahawks have been chasing the Los Angeles Rams for the division crown.
Last season, with Doug Baldwin struggling with injuries, fans were wondering who would step up in his place. Before the 2018 season, Seattle put its belief in Lockett to be the team's future star receiver by giving him a three-year, $30.75 million contract.
So far, that seems like a great notion. Lockett had his best season in the NFL by catching 57 passes for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns. All of those numbers were career-high marks for the Seahawks' wide receiver.
Tyler Lockett perfectly fit the Seattle scheme of throwing the ball downfield. The Seahawks drafted Lockett in hopes he would become a big playmaker in the aerial attack.
Coming into 2019, Lockett has his sights set on another impressive season for the Seahawks. Here are three numbers for Tyler Lockett to target in 2019.
3. 75 Receptions
It's safe to assume that Lockett is going to notch a significant jump in his numbers in 2019. Baldwin retired from football, leaving the top receiver spot in Seattle open for Lockett's taking.
Lockett basically ran as the Seahawks' top receiver in 2018 with all the injuries and the lack of depth. With the opportunities he was given, Lockett was able to haul in 57 catches.
This offseason, the Seahawks drafted D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings, but Lockett is still expected to be the main target in the offense. Therefore, with Wilson throwing him the ball, Lockett could see his receptions jump to 75 in 2019.
2. 1,200 Receiving Yards
One of the best aspects of Lockett's game is his ability to stretch the defense with his tantalizing speed. Coming into the NFL, Lockett was expected to be a deep threat for Seattle; that is definitely coming into fruition.
In his first four seasons in the NFL, Lockett has averaged 14.3 yards per reception. Last season, Lockett had a whopping 16.9 yards per reception (sixth in the NFL).
Lockett's quickness allows him to get a ton of separation while running his routes. In 2018, Lockett averaged 3.3 yards of separation per route run (11th among wide receivers).
If Lockett can repeat his success of having 16 or more yards per reception, Lockett can easily surpass 1,200 yards receiving in 2019.
1. 7 Touchdowns
With Lockett being the go-to guy in the Seattle passing offense in 2018, the fifth-year wideout had 10 touchdowns through the air. That led the team among the receivers; he could definitely lead the team once again in 2019.
However, expecting 10 touchdowns from Lockett again is tough with Metcalf, David Moore, and Jennings expected to get some looks as well. As a result, Lockett will likely take a small hit in touchdowns this season.
Seattle's campaign ended early last season due to the offense not throwing the ball enough. After paying Wilson to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL this offseason, expect the Seahawks to throw more.
There may be more opportunities to score in 2019 for the Seahawks, but there are more mouths to feed now. In football, there is only one football and only one person can score on any given play. In conclusion, Lockett will land around seven or eight touchdowns in the 2019 campaign.