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The Film Room: How Tyler Lockett improved as a receiver as the season went on

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When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Tyler Lockett in the third round out of Kansas State last year, many saw him mostly as a special teams player handling kick and punt return duties. This was partially true, as he won First-Team All-Pro honors by the Associated Press because of this ability in those areas, however, Lockett crushed expectations as a rookie receiver by gaining 664 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 51 receptions.

Target by Location

This table breaks down where the ball was thrown. Note: Deep is 16+ yards, Medium is 6-15 yards, and Short is 5 yards or fewer.

Deep Left
Deep Middle Deep Right
9
2 16
Medium Left
Medium Middle Medium Right
6
3 8
Short Left
Short Middle Short Right
16
1 17

Pass Breakdown by Down

The following table breaks down Lockett's targets by down.

Down
Targets Receptions Yards
1st
29 18 266
2nd
24 18 225
3rd
25 19 283
4th
0 0 0

Pass Breakdown by Quarter

The following table breaks down Lockett's targets by quarter.

Quarter
Targets Receptions Yards
1st
18 14 141
2nd
25 17 294
3rd
12 7 85
4th
20 15 239
OT
3 2 15

Pass Breakdown by Route

The next table breaks down his routes by target. Similar routes were combined together based on the distance and type of pass. Table is sorted by targets, then by yards.

Route
Targets Receptions Yards
Go/Deep Fade
17 7 202
Hitch/Comeback
15 12 121
Screen
14 14 128
Flat/Quick-Out
7 7 64
Slant/Quick-In
5 3 28
Post/Corner
4 1 43
Out
4 2 42
Wheel
2 1 29
Seam
2 1 24
Spot
2 2 12
Drag/Drive
2 1 11

First 8 Games vs Last 8 Games of Regular Season

Note: This table does not include playoff targets.

First 8 Games Last 8 Games Total
Completions/Target (%)
20/28 (71.4%) 31/41 (75.6%) 51/69 (73.9%)
Yards (YPA)
253 (9.0) 411 (10.0) 664 (9.6)
Touchdowns
1 5 6
Deep Passes (15+ Yards)
3/7 (42.9%) 7/15 (46.7%) 10/22 (45.5%)
Medium Passes (6-15 Yards)
5/7 (71.4%) 5/6 (83.3%) 10/13 (76.9%)
Short Passes (less than 5 Yards)
12/14 (85.7%) 19/20 (95.0%) 31/34 (91.2%)

My Three Takeaways

  1. Change of speed combined with quick cuts created separation
  2. Six missed opportunities for long touchdowns due to inaccurate placement
  3. 20 of 27 deep passes were after Bye Week in Week 9 including playoffs

It was clear that as the season progressed Russell Wilson trusted Lockett more and more. I expect him to have a big season next year as long as Darrell Bevell can continue getting Lockett into space.