Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett leads the NFL in one unique category over the last two years
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett has been a burst of speed and quickness for his NFC West club since they selected him in the round round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s also a reliable target in the passing game.
Per Pro Football Focus, the 27-year-old Kansas State product Lockett delivers an astonishing 145.8 passer rating for his quarterback when targeted in the past two seasons.
Passer rating when targeted over the past two seasons
1. Tyler Lockett – 145.8
2. Cooper Kupp – 126.1
3. Michael Thomas – 123.2 pic.twitter.com/Gtpg1O7ZoX
— PFF (@PFF) February 13, 2020
Since earning a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season, Lockett has been a reliable option out wide for Super Bowl MVP quarterback Russell Wilson, one of the best playmakers under center in the NFL. Additionally, Lockett is the Seahawks’ special teams returner, averaging 7.5 yards per return on punts and 25.2 yards per return on kicks.
During the 2019 regular season, Lockett totaled over 1,000 receiving yards for Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense, recording a career-best 82 receptions and scoring eight touchdowns. Lockette led the Seahawks’ wide receiver corps and was trailed by impressive rookie DK Metcalf, with the Ole Miss product tallying 900 yards in the air and seven regular-season scores for Seattle in his debut year.
While Wilson certainly has two dangerous weapons on offense in Metcalf and Lockett, there have been persistent calls for the Seahawks to continue pursuing options at wide receiver to keep improving the pass game. After Lockett, who’s also handling kick and punt return duties, and Metcalf is a steep drop-off, with the next-best receiver in 2019 being tight end Jacob Hollister with 349 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Lockett has unquestionably developed into a speedy and consistent target for Wilson, although he can’t do it alone.