Tyler Lockett sees D’Wayne Eskridge as perfect fit for Seahawks offense

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The Seahawks had a formidable one-two punch at wide receiver in 2020.

D.K. Metcalf set a franchise record with 1,303 receiving yards, Tyler Lockett set a franchise record with 100 catches, and both players caught 10 touchdown passes from Russell Wilson. Having those two players on hand didn’t stop the team from looking for more production at wideout with their top pick in the 2021 draft.

They made wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge that pick in the second round — the Jamal Adams trade claimed their first-rounder — and Lockett said the 5’9″ speedster “fits in perfectly with our system.” Lockett also thinks his presence will benefit the team’s other receivers.

“I think it’s very important,” Lockett said, via Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. “The more people you have out there that can stretch the field, that can be able to take the offense to another level, I think it helps take off a lot of pressure that other people might be trying to carry. They don’t necessarily have to, but they feel like they have to based off circumstances. So I think the more and more people you have out there, it takes off the pressure you carry. That truly may allow you to play even better, because you know you don’t have to do too much stuff. You just have to do your job.”

The Seahawks offseason began with questions about Russell Wilson’s future with the team, but it looks like that’s been settled for the 2021 season. Should Eskridge’s arrival help bring the offense to new heights, those questions might remain on hold for 2022 as well.

5 responses to “Tyler Lockett sees D’Wayne Eskridge as perfect fit for Seahawks offense

  1. A lot of the times these small school receivers struggle mightily when they get to the NFL, this kid is going to really struggle getting off press especially as a rookie.
    I’m just glad Steve Keim took WR Rondale Moore where he did as opposed to taking someone else and hoping he’d be there in RD3. If Keim had passed on Moore he would be a Seahawk right now, that’s the last guy I’d want to see in a Hawks uniform as a rookie.

  2. He was drafted because Shane Waldron is going to implement a lot more short passes and lateral crossing routes and those are most effective when you have an extremely fast and agile WR. If those short routes are hitting, then that takes the top off the defense and opens up the home run ball.

  3. Eskridge overcomes his lack of size and wins the same way as Devonte Smith. He’s got great feet. Very quick and crafty off the snap. A perfect WR for today’s high volume passing, speed in space game. He’s also a more then capable and willing return man. They are gonna love this guy in Seattle.

  4. The important part of his discussion was that with a team concept, another elite player helps everyone focus on their own jobs, play within themselves/the scheme and help the overall team get better. It’s not about one player, but the unit that is important.

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