It’s hump day of the last week of August, which means the next four days are extremely busy for the Seattle Seahawks and their fans. First, on Thursday night the Hawks will play the Oakland Raiders in their fourth and final preseason game of the year, and then on Saturday prior to 4 PM New York time must reduce its roster down to 53 from its current 90 players.
That will keep fans busy and occupied for the majority of Labor Day weekend, however, one player to keep in mind for 2019 with the regular season just a week and a half away is fifth year wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Lockett is now the unquestioned leader for the team at the position, with Doug Baldwin having departed from the team back in the spring. That brings up the fact that in spite only entering the fifth season of his career, he’s already quickly moving his way up the franchise leaderboard in several statistical categories. First, here’s a look at the top twenty Seahawks in franchise history by receiving yards.
Seahawks all time receiving yards leaders from Pro-Football-Reference.com
So, even though he’s only been with the team for four years, he’s already in the top ten in franchise history for receiving yards. Give him another season with Russell Wilson at quarterback, and Lockett has the chance to easily move up into spot eight or nine in franchise history before the end of this season.
Looking at other categories, he’s eighth in franchise history for touchdown receptions, and just three more moves him all alone into seventh place. No-E under contract for three more seasons, he could easily work his way into the top five, as Daryl Turner is fifth in franchise history with 36 touchdown receptions.
The category where he’s likely to move the most spots this season is in receptions. In a tie with Chris Warren at 194 receptions, he’s just 51 receptions away from moving all alone into eighth in franchise history, as there is a cluster of players just above him. The players he could pass in that category this season are Dan Doornink (197), Sherman Smith (211), Shaun Alexander (214), Mack Strong (218), Sam McCullum (232) and Koren Robinson (244). It would take a monster, 90 catch season for Lockett to pass Joey Galloway (283), so that seems more like something to put down as what to watch for in 2020. That said, if the Hawks end up in a bunch of shootouts and Russ starts slinging it all over the field, keep that nugget fresh in the back of your mind.
In any case, this is just one of those things that won’t be of much importance over the coming days, but we likely won’t be very deep in the season before Pocket Rocket Lockett continues his assault on the franchise receiving record books. That is especially the case in light of the injuries to David Moore and DK Metcalf, on top of the relative lack of experience among Seahawks receivers this season.