Can't help but notice Tyler Lockett's first practices as a Seahawk. He's been catching passes over the middle, showing shiftiness in kick returns -- turning heads pretty much everywhere.
Friday, Seattle's third-round draft choice got coach Pete Carroll's praise for being "all over the field."
“I think the first two days have been phenomenal. I think it’s a lot different than Kansas State, just because of the tempo," K-State's all-time receiving leader said following Saturday afternoon's second rookie minicamp practice at team headquarters in Renton. "At Kansas State, we had long practices but we weren’t really as fast as we are here at the Seahawks. I think it took me a day to get used to it and the second day I was able to fly around and stuff like that. It’s a lot different than college football, but at the same time, it’s always about competing and it’s fun and to be able to have people out here who are fighting for a job, that’s all you could really ask for so I think we’ve been doing a great job these first two days.”
He broke all his father Kevin's receiving records at KSU, and his uncle Aaron also played receiver at the school.
Kevin Lockett, now 40, played seven NFL seasons for the Chiefs, Redskins, Jaguars and Jets. He had 130 career catches and 39 kick and punt returns in the league. Aaron Lockett, is now 36 and like his brother and nephew is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was in NFL camps and also played in the Canadian league.
What was their advice to Tyler in advance of his first NFL minicamp?
"Just treat it the same – it’s football at the end of the day, regardless," Lockett said today. "Don't look at it as you have a spot that’s been given to you. Come in and fight for a spot."
His next words were right out of the Pete Carroll philosophy manual, page one.
"You always want to be able to compete because at the end of the day; if you don’t compete, you lose your spot. You get cut nowadays," Tyler Lockett said. "It’s not like you lose your spot like it was in college football. That’s the same thing my mom was just saying: Go out there, relax, be comfortable and do what you do. That’s exactly why they picked you; they wanted you to do what you do and that’s what you do best.”
Despite his "always compete" credo, Carroll has all but declared Lockett the Seahawks' punt- and kickoff returner for this season, four months before the first game. Having Lockett to fix perhaps Seattle's worst areas last season is why they traded three draft choices to Washington to move up 26 spots in the third round last weekend to get him.
"I always wanted to go to a team that believed in me, a team that wanted me and didn’t want to just get me because I was the next-best on their board," Lockett said. "Obviously, they said they have plans for me, but I have to live up to that. No spot is given to you. So that’s why I try to come in here with the mentality of fight for whatever you can get, always compete and at the end of the day, whatever happens is going to happen.”