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performances of the season Youth Michael Dickson Jersey , the Seattle Seahawks came up short against the L.A. Rams, losing 33-31. Heading into Sunday, there was usage worth tracking on both sides of the ball: Tedric Thompson’s first start, Austin Calitro back in the lineup, Frank Clark battling illness or George Fant’s role as an eligible receiver. We received clarity on the majority of those topics on Sunday. Check out the snap counts below, and we’ll highlight some points of interest: George Fant as an eligible receiverIn the lead up to Seahawks-Rams, Russell Wilson let it slip that Fant would have a significant role to play. It made sense, with Will Dissly done for the season and a fearsome L.A. front coming into town. The Rams defense wasn’t allowed to completely takeover the game, while Fant played sparingly. In total, Fant came in as an eligible receiver on 12 plays (though the NFL’s play-by-play data credits him for just 11). The 11 plays he is marked as eligible resulted in 34 yards on eight carries, and 2-3 passing, 42 yards and a touchdown for Wilson.The use of Fant as an extra blocker was a pleasant sign of Seattle being proactive in a matchup they have been blown out of all too often. He wasn’t used as often as expected, but Fant’s usage on Sunday was a success. Rashaad Penny’s single snapThere isn’t all too much to add here, but it has to be mentioned. With C.J. Prosise inactive, Mike Davis coming off a big game and Chris Carson returning, Penny saw his snaps drop to just one single snap. On special teams. As one of the three deep on a return. And he didn’t get the ball. Frank Clark again proving athletes aren’t regular peopleEarlier on Monday, I wrote about Clark’s week leading up to Sunday’s loss. It included being hospitalized twice and losing 12 pounds. I mentioned that it seemed as though the week caught up to Clark in the 4th quarter, as he was on the field sparingly. Turns out, the first three quarters more than made up for it. Clark played 82% of the defense’s snaps on Sunday, right around where he was the past couple weeks and where he will be moving forward. In the aforementioned article, I also mentioned how a transatlantic flight on Wednesday may not be conducive to Clark’s recovery from food poisoning. I don’t think we need to worry about that affecting Clark anymore, as he is not human.David Moore’s arrival in the offenseWeek 5 saw Moore become a mainstay in the Seahawks’ three wide receiver sets for the first time this season. He rewarded their faith with two touchdowns and should see his role continue in the next couple weeks. After battling with Brandon Marshall and Jaron Brown for snaps out of the gate, that battle is over. Marshall has essentially been wiped out of the offense, playing just 12% of the offense’s snaps. Moore’s rise over Marshall was perfectly encapsulated during a third down on Sunday: Marshall came onto the field, a TV timeout was called and when it was time to run the third down, Moore had replaced Marshall again. Brown, meanwhile, saw more snaps than Marshall at 15%. The clock is ticking on Marshall’s time in Seattle. Barkevious Mingo as the 2nd linebackerAn area of concern for the Seahawks heading into Sunday was Austin Calitro, coming back into the lineup following Mychal Kendricks’ suspension. In my pregame column, I wrote about how dangerous the Rams’ offense can be for a linebacker. Seattle, again proactive in their preparation for L.A., worked around those issues by leaning on Mingo as the second linebacker next to Bobby Wagner. Mingo is more comfortable in space and was less likely to be exploited than Calitro. By the end of the game Shaquill Griffin Jersey , Mingo had played a season-high 97% of the defense’s snaps, while Calitro played just 6%. A week after Anthony Barr allowed over 100 yards in coverage against the Rams, the Seahawks didn’t allow the same to happen to their ‘backers. They deserve credit. Seattle has a strange week ahead of them, with a trip to London condensing everything. Following the flight overseas and the extra hype in the lead up to Sunday’s game, the Seahawks will play the Raiders at 10 am PST.Tyler Lockett, as compared to Golden Tate and Paul Richardson When it was reported on Wednesday morning that the Seattle Seahawks had locked up Tyler Lockett to a three-year extension and $20 million guaranteed, the news was met with some shock by fans. Not because Lockett isn’t talented, that much is obvious, but because the team opted to lock down a future with him instead of doing so with Paul Richardson, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The deal also comes more than four years after the Seahawks opted to move on from Golden Tate and instead hitch a wagon, some draft picks, and $67 million (not really near that much) to Percy Harvin. Could Lockett, who has caught three touchdowns over the last two seasons, really be a more attractive long-term option than either of those two were? The numbers so far would suggest “Yes” and by a considerably wide margin.Though Lockett’s inconsistency has been a bit maddening, we forget just how rare it is to find any receiver that can do the things he does at times. Both Tate and Richardson also displayed unique gifts at the receiver position, but they too struggled to remain healthy and consistent throughout their Seattle tenures. All three players were drafted on day two and all three players left something to be desired through their first three seasons. However when comparing all three players, Lockett stands well above Tate and Richardson.Lockett’s first three seasons:137 catches on 206 targets, 66.5% catch rate, 1,816 yards, 13.3 YPC, nine touchdownsTate’s first three seasons:101 catches on 165 targets, 61.2% catch rate, 1,297 yards, 12.8 YPC, 10 touchdownsRichardson’s first three seasons:51 catches on 81 targets, 62.9% catch rate, 599 yards, 11.7 YPC, two touchdownsInstead Authentic Ethan Pocic Jersey , Lockett compares favorably to the Seahawks’ best receiver of this century when looking at their first three campaigns.Doug Baldwin’s first three seasons:130 catches on 207 targets, 62.8% catch rate, 1,932 yards, 14.9 YPC, 12 touchdownsThere is important context to note with all of these players, which is what I’ll do now. First of all, Tate played his first two seasons with Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, and Tarvaris Jackson. He was best with Jackson, but was generally useless with all three. He was much better with a rookie Russell Wilson, catching 42 of 63 targets from Wilson for seven touchdowns and a passer rating of 129.9. Still, hindsight on Tate is usually about the Seahawks not re-signing him and people forget rather easily that frustrations with Tate mounted to the point of wondering if he’d even make the team in 2012.Of course, Richardson’s issues typically stemmed from injuries, with him missing virtually all of his second season in 2015. His bookend years around that included 271 yards as a rookie and 288 yards in a relatively healthy 2016 campaign. I can’t say there was anything too extension-worthy about the player who many are complaining is gone now because he didn’t get any of the money from Seattle that Lockett just did. That’s actually not surprising at all though: when the Seahawks drafted Lockett, it was likely because of this moment right now. They had just seen Richardson miss the entire season, they knew that he’d likely return and hope he’d be productive just long enough to leave in 2018 and open the door for Lockett. You can disagree with the plan, but this still looks like the execution of a plan. And the player that Lockett was in 2015 as a rookie is much better than any version of Richardson, including his 703-yard campaign last season.Which leads us to the fact that Lockett has indeed had a very backwards career in terms of what you’d expect leading to an extension. His best season came during his freshman entry into the NFL, and even before his broken leg in 2016 he was really inconsistent; Lockett had 23 yards or less in seven of the first 11 games that season. He then started to get into a bit of a hot streak, putting up 234 yards in the next three contests, before breaking his leg the following week on an extraordinary catch against the Arizona Cardinals.He was said to have played at about 80% last season, and while there were plenty of times he was a non-factor (10 games under 30 yards), he still showed speed and explosiveness that is incredibly rare, including 121 yards against the Houston Texans and a 74-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ elite secondary. Here are a bunch of Lockett highlights as a receiver:Lockett is also an All-Pro punt and kick returner, far surpassing the work done in that area by Tate or Richardson. I don’t think he has much of a future on special teams at this point, that’s not why they signed him for three more years, but it is another specialty in his game and a display — much like a Steve Smith or Antonio Brown — of how incredible he is with the ball in his hands.The Seahawks deal with Lockett is a bit surprising just because the only receiver they’ve really given a second contract to in this era is Baldwin (Mike Williams doesn’t really count), but then again not surprising when you compare the numbers between those two. And Lockett may have an even higher ceiling.
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