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NFL.com expects big things from Tyler Lockett in 2016

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In their latest edition of "Making the Leap," a series profiling players who are about to take that next step in their careers, NFL.com profiled Seattle Seahawks receiver/returner Tyler Lockett. The piece points out that Lockett was the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to record at least six receiving touchdowns, one kickoff return touchdown, and one punt return touchdown.

They point out that he has superb route running abilities, and the comparison to Antonio Brown comes up once again just as did when Lockett was drafted, but only among hushed whispers.

Of course, people should still be cautioned when comparing Lockett (or anyone) to the best receiver in the NFL over the last few seasons. The last line of the article points out that when Lockett was at his best last season over the final five games, he was on pace for 74 catches, 1,018 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Excellent numbers for anyone, but in this era, certainly not at the Antonio-level. He'll also get more of the defense's attention this season, which could either slow him down, or open up more opportunities for Seattle's other receivers.

Either way, Lockett is clearly a special player who does seem set for (another) breakout year.