So here we continue our rundown of the 2017 Seahawks Dozen. After C.J Prosise came in at 12 to kick it off, we stay on offense for the pairing at #11. The importance to the cause explained as well as what we can expect out of them this year.
The 2017 list- if you had missed the entry at 12- was compiled by myself, Adam Nathan & Ross Bell. We co-host the UK Seahawkers podcast ‘The Pedestrian Podcast’. An episode a few weeks ago saw us compile the first half of the list.
Without further ado, the guys at 11 are.
The Seahawks Dozen….No. 11
Tyler Lockett & Paul Richardson- Seahawks WR’s
(2016 splits: Lockett 41/597/1 receiving & 6/114/1 rush; Richardson 28/288/1)
When deciding the list, we erred on including the entire WR group when the time came. That is no slight on the names of Jermaine Kearse, Amara Darboh, Tanner McEvoy though. But moreso the importance of the game-altering the Seahawks #16 & #10 can bring behind the leader in the room- Doug Baldwin.
Whilst their 2016 stat lines are modest, it was what they brought when healthy which show the biggest upside for 2017.
Paul Richardson Spotlight
For Richardson it was a year where while he stayed as healthy as he had in his NFL career. But he only had more than 2 catches in just two of the 15 games he was active for. It was the playoffs which put Richardson on the map and got him onto this list.
The Wildcard win against Detroit was highlighted by Richardson’s TD catch- whilst interfered with- it was the first leg of a 7 catch, 131 yard output in the 2-game run. It was what was expected all along for Richardson and it finally was on show.
Tyler Lockett Spotlight
For Lockett, it was a frustrating year which ended with a gnarly leg break on Christmas Eve. In a year where he never hit 100% after his sprained ankle in week 2, Lockett Was under-utilised and not as prominent as his rookie year had pointed to.
His best week’s in 2016 came a week before his awful looking leg break. A 7-catch 130 yard, 1 TD came against the Rams. The anticipation for the 2015 Lockett to return was dashed a week later with the nasty scene in the endzone.
A summer of rehab and working his way back saw him miss the first few days of camp. Now back out there and slowly on his way back to 100%, Lockett has a chance to be a special component of the Seahawks offense
For a recap of what sealed it on the podcast, here is what Adam said:
“…I’m hoping they can be both used regularly on fly and post routes and leave huge gaps for Baldwin & Jimmy.”
So what for their hopes in 2017?
Lockett & Richardson in 2017
With injury recovery still on the deck for Lockett, his season could be a slow burner. In his absence at the start of camp Richardson had taken the #2 receiver spot from him and Jermaine Kearse. That shows an increase in the trust the coaches have in their former 2nd round pick.
That, once Lockett is back in full swing, is encouraging and exciting for the Seahawks offense. While it pigeon-holes the role of a Jermaine Kearse, the proficiency of the duo will be an important blanket outside of the top 2 options in the Seahawks pass game.
Another full year of health for Richardson could also give the Seahawks an intriguing decision to make at year’s end.
But until then, a able, healthy duo behind Baldwin and Graham is easy to expect and with this pair attainable. While the Steelers boast the ‘three B’s’, the Seahawks could soon have some croon to some ‘R ‘L’ B’.
You can find the podcast episode (No. 34) via iTunes and Podbean here.
So with the first two names of the list in the hutch, the selection at 10 of the 2017 Seahawks Dozen is…