A knee injury kept Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett from being his usual, dangerous self on the football field, but the Kansas State product is starting to fly again.
The Seattle speedster provided a spark early on in a key Week 10 meeting with the New England Patriots, ripping the opposition for a 36-yard gain on just his team’s second offensive play of the day.
“It was just being able to try to get an outside or inside release, just be aggressive and give him something,” Lockett said. “He jumped outside, so I slipped him inside and tried to get vertical and stack him, and Russell put a great ball on [me]. The safety was coming, he got his hand in there, but I was able to secure it and get the first down.”
TD had another key reception late in the first half. The Patriots held a 14-12 lead, but with 41 seconds left in the second quarter, Russell Wilson found Tyler for another big gain, this time a 24-yarder to set up an 18-yard scoring reception by Doug Baldwin.
“It’s been a challenging [year] for him just because of the injuries, but he has an opportunity to get back to form with the return game and also what he does for us on offense,” Baldwin said of Tyler. “He’s done an extremely good job of handling the frustration that comes with the injuries. I’m really excited to see him get back to 100 percent.”
It was a similar scene later in the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the Hawks faced a critical 2nd-and-9, and Wilson found his second-year receiver for a 12-yard gain to bring Seattle two yards from the red zone. Three plays later, Wilson hit Baldwin again for the game-deciding score in Seattle’s 31-24 win.
“He’s finally back and running fast and confident and able to practice at a high level too all the time,” said head coach Pete Carroll. “He’s played through some stuff. He wasn’t quite 100 percent. You can see, he’s flying again.”