Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett told ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia on Thursday that he expects to be ready for training camp. Lockett stated he was hoping to get back sooner, but will side with the medical staff on his return.
Lockett, who will be entering his third NFL season this fall, made the second-team All-Pro team voted by the Associated Press in 2016. His season was cut short when he broke his tibia and fibula while making a 28-yard catch during a Week 16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The 24-year-old has 92 receptions, 1,261 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in 31 NFL games during his two-year career. Lockett was sensational during his rookie season with 51 catches, 664 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He also returned a punt and kickoff for a score. Lockett made the All-Pro team during his rookie season as a returner.
Last season, Lockett posted 41 catches, 597 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns — 1 receiving and another on a running play — in 15 games.
If Lockett does return for training camp, he will have fully recovered from a broken leg in about seven months. That would be fairly quick for that type of injury. It’s unclear if he will participate during the preseason.
Behind the emergence of Lockett and the Seahawks’ top receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle finished 10th in passing yards last season. Seattle, though, was 25th in rushing in 2016, so the Seahawks will be looking for more on the ground this fall.
Lockett also provided some rushing last season. In addition to scoring on the ground, he gained 114 yards on 6 carries.