Seahawks may keep Tyler Lockett on the shelf until regular season

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Tyler Lockett returned to practice week ago. But the Pro Bowl return man may not play in a game until they actually count.

Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Pete Carroll said he’s encouraged by the wide receiver’s return from last December’s broken leg, and may hold him out of the last two preseason games just to be on the safe side.

“He has competed in practice throughout this week,” Carroll said. “He has looked very confident. He has looked fast. I am still watching him, though. I still want to make sure we are taking all the time we have available.

“There is no reason to rush him. He is a fantastic competitor. He knows what we are doing. He is well-schooled on everything we are asking him to do. We love the player that he is. So we are just going to make sure we continue to maximize his security and safety for his return. So that’s what we are doing.”

Carroll said Lockett was “dying to play,” but they “may or may not exercise (that option).”

Lockett could add a big-play threat to the offense when he returns, as he averaged 14.6 yards per reception last year in addition to his return ability.

6 responses to “Seahawks may keep Tyler Lockett on the shelf until regular season

  1. No need to hurry him back. If Amara Darboh is cleared from concussion protocol they should they should see what he is capable of. Kasen Williams has looked solid as well.

    Go HAWKS

  2. They could have drafted an O lineman instead of Lockett. Yes, he was great in the beginning of his rookie season returning kicks, but teams have figured out how to kick the ball to prevent him from getting long returns. Misplaced priorities (an overemphasis on wide receivers) has been weakening their O line. They could have let Jermaine Kearse leave as free agent and re-sign Russell Okung or Bruce Irvin. Right now their LB and OL corp are hurting.

  3. Seattle’s LB corps has better depth than it’s ever had with the additions in FA of Vets Wilhite, Garvin and Bass…as well as big nickle capabilities of Mcdougall signed from Tampa as a free agent. Seattle drafted Glowinski the year they drafted Locket who is the potential starter at RG this year, brought in Fant last year as a UFA who appears to be a strong candidate at LT when he returns next season from injury, Rees O drafted last year who will now get his chance at LT, Ifedi who will probably be the starting RT drafted in 16, they drafted Britt in 14 and just signed him to a new contract as their center (last year PB alternate), drafted Procic this year in the 2nd round who can play 3 spots (top 5 O-Lineman in Mayock’s draft scout in 17) and added Joeckel and Aboushi in free agency. Joeckel was rated pretty well at LG in PFF last year and he can also play LT. Abolushi has two years experience in ZBS schemes from his time at Texas and can play either guard spot.
    Locket is a real threat as a receiver and worth the pick, as most of the experts gave that one an A for Seattle in the 15 draft, unusual as it may seem.
    Okung didn’t stick with Denver (who missed the playoffs) and is now with San Diego and has been out injured the first two weeks of preseason and Irvin has had little notice in Oakland as compared to his time at Seattle. Kearse is not my favorite receiver but has made huge plays in both SB’s and both NFC Championship games. He also does a lot of the dirty work in route running and blocking downfield as a receiver. He had a bad year last year but has looked good this year in camp and preseason when he had opportunities.
    In a passing league it appears all teams have an emphasis on WR.
    Let’s agree to disagree

  4. Their DB (Chancellor, Charmin and Thomas) and WR/TE (Baldwin, Kearse, Graham) are making on average a lot more money than similar position players on most NFL teams, leaving them without much salary cap space for good players elsewhere on the roster. Most of their RB and OL are making rookie level salaries. Their running game as a result fell to the middle of the pack from being leaders for years. Their O line allowed nearly 50 QB sacks last season. It will take years for them to rebuild their O line. Without a good O line, even good running backs won’t be able to do much.

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