Lockett to make Kearse a non-factor?-- Thu Jul 14 10:20 pm --
Second-year WR has made "significant strides" from last season
Throughout the offseason there has been a buzz in Renton that Tyler Lockett has made significant strides from last year and could become an even bigger factor in the offense in 2016. Hearing that, some might assume Lockett will overtake Jermaine Kearse in the offense. The reality, though, is that the Seahawks will need both to accomplish their goals in 2016. Doug Baldwin and Kearse were the de facto starting receivers last season, but Lockett wasn’t far off in snaps played — Baldwin played 74 percent, Kearse 71 and Lockett 61.(Seattle Times)
FF Today's Take:The writer continues to say Lockett might get a few more snaps in 2016, but suggested Kearse will maintain a healthy presence regardless of how Lockett progresses due to his overall value in the offense (specifically blocking). Despite his obvious upside, owners should view Lockett as a low-end WR3 at best since Kearse is going to remain a factor. Baldwin had 78 catches and 1,069 yards last year, so expecting more than 65 catches and 900 yards from Lockett may be too optimistic.