Going into the 2018 season for the Seahawks, it was widely assumed Tyler Lockett would be the second receiver behind veteran Doug Baldwin on the wideout depth chart. Lockett had 555 receiving yards, third on the team behind Baldwin and Paul Richardson.
With Richardson now playing in the nation’s capital, Lockett is the second-leading receiver returning for the 2018 season. However, it was clear this offseason that the Seahawks were not satisfied with what they had left in the cupboard after the final whistle blew on the 2017 season.
This offseason, the Seahawks signed free agent Jaron Brown, acquired Marcus Johnson from the Eagles in the Michael Bennett trade, and brought in veteran receiver Brandon Marshall on a one-year deal.
Two of these three receivers have a shot to push Lockett for that number two receiver spot behind Doug Baldwin.
Johnson is a relative unknown, with just five catches and 45 yards to his name in his NFL career and he's simply trying to make the team.
Marshall walked into camp with a lot of mystery surrounding his age and durability. At least in training camp, he has put those concerns mostly to bed. We have yet to see Marshall at full-go this season. He was really quiet in Seattle's second preseason game against the Chargers, as he failed to catch his only target from quarterback Russell Wilson.
However, during camp, his play making ability has been well documented. He can still use his body to shield a defender and catch a pass, much like a power forward turns his back to the defender to grab a rebound. You can't coach that kind of size and range. If Marshall truly has staved off Father Time for one more year, it would be difficult to justify not having him near the top of the receiving depth chart.
Brown, the Seahawks other noteworthy free agent addition, saw extended action in Saturday's loss to the Chargers. On the first play of the game, Wilson connected with Brown for a 29-yard gain that also resulted in a personal foul penalty and an extra 15 yards for Seattle.
Brown finished the day with two catches that resulted in 74 total yards, as his other catch came on a deep ball from Wilson for 45 yards. Brown's 6-foot-2 frame was on display and it could bode well for the Seahawks to have multiple receivers boasting such height in Brown and Marshall.
Another 6-foot-2 receiver who has made a name for himself this preseason is 2017 seventh-round pick David Moore. Coaches praised him all offseason and during training camp. Thus far, he has not disappointed.
Moore has made acrobatic catches, tough grabs in traffic, and made guys miss after the catch. He basically matched Brown's numbers on Saturday with two catches for 71 yards. He also had two catches and 35 yards in the first game against the Colts.
The main difference between Moore and the combination of Brown and Marshall? He's five and eleven years younger than them, respectively.
All this is not to say Tyler Lockett isn't a good receiver anymore. In fact, this is more indicative of the depth the Seahawks have at receiver that they have not had for a long time.
Any of these receivers mentioned above could end up being the second receiver on the Seahawks depth chart, Lockett included. Lockett seemed to finally get fully healthy at the end of the 2017 season after a devastating leg injury cut his 2016 year short. His injury this time around seems minor- he will come back strong and could make this article seem irrelevant.
Under the most likely scenario, Lockett will be the number two receiver behind Doug Baldwin and it might not even matter who is second, third, or fourth. Wilson has a variety of weapons, not to mention the pass-catching ability of the running backs and new crop of tight ends.
While other parts of this Seahawks roster may not seem as deep as past years, it feels as if the receiving corps has a chance to be one of the strongest positions on this year's squad.