Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer explains how he wants to use Tyler Lockett
The Seattle Seahawks suffered a huge blow to their receiver corps with the retirement of Doug Baldwin this offseason. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is confident that wide receiver Tyler Lockett will be able to fill the void.
Lockett is coming off a breakout year in 2018. According to Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic, Schottenheimer indicated that he intends to utilize him all over the field:
“The best weapon for us is when they don’t know where Tyler is going to be, so we’ll move him around,” Schottenheimer said this spring. “He can do so many things so well. He sees the game instinctive so well that he’s a hard matchup.”
Lockett added that he does not mind where the Seahawks line him up on offense.
“Wherever I’m at, it’s all about trying to get open or get other people open,” Lockett said.
There is certainly good reason for Schottenheimer to be optimistic. Although Lockett is undersized, his speed and quickness make him a matchup problem for a defense. More importantly, he has proven to be just as comfortable on the inside as he is on the outside after finishing the 2018 campaign with 57 receptions for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Regardless, Lockett will still need to find a way to step up if the Seahawks hope to compete with the other high-powered offenses in the NFC West. The Los Angeles Rams already boast one of the most formidable units in the league, while the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are optimistic about a potential resurgence with their franchise quarterbacks expected in the mix.