Lockette has an advantage in the race to replace Crabtree

AP

As the 49ers continue to look for a receiver to step up and replace Michael Crabtree, one candidate has an ace in the hole.

His best friend is the quarterback.

“It’s almost like you go somewhere and you realize someone is your cousin, and since we met we have been inseparable,” Ricardo Lockette tells the Albany Herald.  An Albany native, Lockette was in town to participate in Deion Branch’s annual youth football camp.

“The first time we met was at the NFL [Scouting] Combine, and I was like, ‘Man, you can throw.’  Then he was like, ‘Man, you are fast,'” Lockette said.  “When I texted him last year and told him I was on my way to San Fran, he got really excited.  When we saw each other we had this big hug like we grew up with each other.”

Kaepernick arrived via the second round of the 2011 draft.  Lockette was undrafted by the Seahawks, appearing in two games as a rookie and catching two passes.  One went for 44 yards, and the other was a 61-yard touchdown.

But that wasn’t enough to make the team in Seattle last season, or to stay on the practice squad.  It ended in September 2012, the 49ers stepped in, and now Lockette is a valued member of the organization — and a trusted friend of Kaepernick.

Quarterback and receiver live together in San Francisco, and they spent part of the offseason training together in Atlanta.

“We do everything together,” Lockette said. “We have basketball goals around the house and bet each other with those.  We play Madden and Call of Duty, but when we aren’t doing that we pop quiz each other about the playbook.  I might be in the shower and he might walk by the bathroom and yell, ‘Hey, what do you have on Colorado 750?’  I will tell him a route, but if it’s wrong he will come in and throw something over the shower curtain.”

In the end, the reps will go to the players coach Jim Harbaugh deems the most worthy.  But if having a rapport with the quarterback means anything (and surely it does) it will help Lockette.

50 responses to “Lockette has an advantage in the race to replace Crabtree

  1. Lockette is super fast, when he was playing up here in Seattle I thought he was going to be huge. Looks like he still might be huge, just not here.

    Also, I saw Kaepernick on Jim Rome, he is an extremely likable dude. Seems to be extremely grounded. I got caught judging a book by its cover, I thought he was going to be arrogant and too cool for school, but I was way off. I came away from they interview respecting him as a person and a player.

  2. Ah, another of our covert operatives successfully planted. Don’t forget the Saturday night phone calls to, Pete.

  3. “It’s almost like you go somewhere and you realize someone is your cousin”

    Maybe it’s just where I live, but that has literally never happened to me.

  4. Either they revised the story or ya’ll aren’t reading close enough- Ricardo Lockette. He’s got great potential. So hopefully he doesn’t burn us.

  5. So you’re saying him and Kaep are like “Burt & Ernie” nothing wrong with that. Not saying a player can’t develop with time but Ricardo Lockette was a fast player on Seattle’s practice squad. His route tree was “1 route” – a go route. His hands were shown not to be even average plus he runs very stiff and up right even though he is lighting fast. I know with a depleted WR core some are trying to be hopeful that another man’s trash is another man’s treasure but I highly doubt it.

  6. Maybe it’s you, pnut..you should get out from behind your iPad.

    Lambeaufieldwest, were you ever in a locker room..lived with buddies in college? It really isn’t that strange. Really don’t know what you’re insinuating. These dudes have tail lined up for two times a day, seven days a week.

    Get me’ Kaep and Lock

  7. Well, now we know that Colorado 750 is a passing play. Pin those ears back pass rushers.

  8. He has an advantage in rooming with Kaep but unfortunately AJ Jenkins has an advantage in actually showing up on the practice field unlike last year’s invisibility cloak trick he pulled. If they are able to pull it off though there is a ton of speed that’s gonna be on that field outside of Boldin and Gore. Which are two wily ol vets you obviously don’t sleep on. If Lockette makes the active roster someone like Kyle Williams or Manningham better start thinking about relocating soon because both are hurt and in their final year. They won’t carry 7 WR’s once Crabtree returns

  9. Pulling for Lockette big time! Wouldn’t it be beautiful to see Lockette go 10 for 150+ and 2 or 3 scores in Week 2 on SNF? We will keep taking their Lockettes if they will keep taking our Kentwan Balmers and Scot McCloughans.

  10. How did Harbaugh not see the potential in former Stanford playerd in Richard Sherman, who converted him to CB his Sr season? Sherman is going to haunt Harbaugh for the next decade. Doug Baldwin is a 2nd Stanford player the same season that Harbaugh passed on. Baldwin has excellent hands, runs precise routes and is a nice Hawk option and wouldve been a good whiner receiver, so now Lockette, who only runs the 9 route is needed? Lol… Hawks dominate bcuz Harbaugh didnt see potential in 2 of his former Stanford players. Thanks Jim! And dont forget the blocked FG n scoop for a td and interception in the end zone as karp couldnt see Sherman jumpin the route!! Haha

  11. Ricardo Lockette can’t catch. That’s why he’s scraping the bottom of the NFL barell in SF. The 1st receiver the Seahawks will cut in camp this year is better than him.

  12. @superseahawk

    How refreshing to read a post from a reasonable Seahawk fan. Thank you very much! Kaepernick is indeed a humble, small-town kid and not the arrogant showboater some people think he is. And Ricardo Lockette has tremendous potential that just may be realized with good coaching and work with a good quarterback.

    Your Seahawks are going to be an awesome team again this year and every Niner fan I know thinks they are the toughest games on the schedule. Good luck. I’m hoping for an epic NFC Championship battle between the Hawks and the Niners for the last game at the Stick before it’s torn down.

  13. linvillegorge says:
    Jun 30, 2013 6:44 PM
    Well, now we know that Colorado 750 is a passing play. Pin those ears back pass rushers.
    ____________________________

    You know they call the play in the huddle, right?

  14. You Seaturkey fans crack me up.

    Lockette may not be the answer for the niners, sometimes it takes guys a few years to figure out the pro game. Maybe he never will. A 6th of Golden Taint’s best years production in 2 catches 😛

    “Hawks dominate” 1-3 over the past two seasons sure seems dominant smh

    I bey if Lockette had been busted for B&E or PEDs he’d still be a seaturkey.

  15. My, my Peehawk fans. No point in even playing games this year since you are guaranteed a Super Bowl win. It’s totally understandable because of all the Lombardi’s in your trophy case……opps, not a single one. You might want to accomplish something before crowing, you might end up eating it for dinner.

  16. Sounds like more then friends if they are doing stuff in the bathroom together! lol

  17. Classy post Superseahawk and I appreciate you keeping an open mind about the kid unlike some so called Niner fans.

  18. @osiris33

    can’t wait till harvin is in the sideline due to a soft injury. Carroll will look like doofus for getting fleeced by vikes.

  19. Is Lockette like Cher, Prince, Bono, Sting, Charo, Madonna, etc. – or does Lockette actually have a first name?

  20. @osiris33

    can’t wait till harvin is in the sideline due to a soft injury. Carroll will look like doofus for getting fleeced by vikes.

  21. SORRY FOR THE CAPS BUT I HAVE BAD EYES….I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE SEAGULLS UP IN RAIN COUNTRY OF SEATTLE AND HOW THEY LET RICARDO THE “ROCKET LOCKETTE GO AFTER TWO CATCHES, I MEAN 40 AND 60 + YARDS AND THE 60 FOR A TOUCHDOWN, I WOULD HAVE KEEP HIM AROUND TO SEE IF WE HAD SOMETHING THERE. HELL AS I REMEMBER THE SEAGUPPYS DIDN’T HAVE ANY TOP RECEIVER’S AT THE TIME AS I REMEMBER SO I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE MOVE. BUT AS A TRUE DIE RED HARD TO THE CORE 49ER FAN I’M GLAD THEY LET HIM GO AND I SEE THE ROCKET AND THE GENERAL PATTON DOING GREAT THINGS FOR THE 49ERS FOR YEARS TO COME…I’M NOT SURE IF PETE C. WAS THE ONE CALLING THE SHOT TO LET LOCKETTE GO BUT THAXS SEAPUPPYS.

  22. YOU GUYS THAT SAY THE SHOWER PART IS STRANGE IS NOT A GUY WHO HAD CLOSE FRIENDS CAUSE AS A NAVY MAN WE HAD 2 ROOMMATES WHEN WE WERE IN HOME PORT AND WE DID THAT KIND OF STUFF ALL THE TIME BUT WITH QUALIFICATIONS AS THEY ROOMED A QUALIFIED PERSON WITH A NON-QUALIFIED PERSON AND THE QUALIFIED PERSON WOULD ASK THE NON-QUAL OR (DINK) AS THEY ARE CALLED ON SUBMARINES A QUESTION ABOUT HIS QUALIFICATONS ON THE SUB AND IF HE DIDN’T KNOW THE ANSWER HE WOULD GET THE SAME TREATMENT IF HE WAS IN THE SHOWER OR ANYWHERE HE WAS….NOW THATS TRUE FRIENDSHIP. ON SUBMARINES YOU HAVE TO RELY ON THAT PERSON AS HE COULD BE SAVING YOUR LIFE SOMEDAY AND ON SUBS YOU DON’T HAVE TO MUCH ROOM FOR ERROR.

  23. I hear they are really, really close, I wonder where they will be honeymooning.

  24. The bigger question here is what are their Call of Duty screen names?

    Hey, I least I can beat Kaepernick at something….

  25. I think its pretty funny the seahawks fans on here talking about how bad the 49ERS must be if their trash(lockette) becomes our treasure. Funny how quick people forget. Does the name marshawn lynch ring a bell. Their isnt much worse trash than bills trash to become your treasure.

  26. Yeah I am pretty sure a HB with 2 – 1000 yard seasons out of his first 3 years in NFL isn’t trash. Now a WR who was on practice squad with 2 catches total in his 3 years may not be the savoir you are hoping for. But keeping pumping up that depleted WR crops because NFC West Rams, Cards and Seahawks all have legit CB’s.

  27. A speed receiver with big lungs is one important part in a record setting Kaepernick offense which we will see this year… 50 to 65 points per game is common for Kaepernick – running double numbers of offensive plays compared to most teams allowing short intervals for rest between plays… this is a recipe he learned at Reno where he became the all time leader… ABOVE ALL OTHER COLLEGE QUARTERBACKS IN HISTORY – FOR PASSING AND RUNNING…. LoL

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