The Seahawks will be without Marshawn Lynch for their entire season for the first time since the 2010 season. That leaves a huge hole in their offense that has to be filled or made up for the Seahawks to remain around the top of the NFC. They do have Thomas Rawls along with a few others who can pick up some of the slack at the running back position, but I think the Seahawks will be looking for second year receiver Tyler Lockett to make up a large part of the missing production.
You could argue that Lockett has already broken out. He had a great rookie year as a returner, for which he made the Pro Bowl, and while he made some impact as a receiver I think there is still plenty of room for him to really break out as a true threat on offense as well as special teams.
3 years ago the Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin. For whatever reason, whether it be health, his personality or where the Seahawks offense was at, he did not have the desired effect on the team – his Super Bowl performance was big, however. Regardless, Lockett could absolutely fill the role that they had in mind for Harvin. He’ll be their offensive weapon.
Last year he had 51 receptions for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games. Of those 16 games, he started 8. 5 of which came in the final 8 games. Furthermore, a lot of his production came in those games, when Russell Wilson was hot and he was one of his favourite targets, which says a lot to how much he improved as the year went on.
With a level of chemistry already built up with Wilson and now a second offseason under his belt, he is in prime position to get a lot more playing time. With that will come a lot more production, which could see him rise to one of the most dangerous players with the ball in his hands.