Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett: I’m preparing myself for August

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett threw on an apron Thursday night and participated in John and Traci Schneider’s celebrity waiter event to raise money for “Ben’s Fund.”

Seattle’s Tyler Lockett caught 41 balls for 597 yards in 15 games last season. Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY Sports
Lockett has spent the entire offseason in Seattle rehabbing from fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg suffered in December. The third-year wide receiver said he’s eyeing an August return to full football activities.

“I think that I’m in a good place right now,” Lockett said. “It also depends on what the trainers want to do — whether they want to speed up my process or whether they want to take it slow. It all depends on what they’re looking for me to do. Do they want me to come back and do OTAs and minicamp? Or do they want me to just wait until August?

“So for me, I’m just preparing myself for August. If I do get to do OTAs and stuff, then that’s cool. But I’ve got the end in mind, which is getting myself ready for camp.”

Asked if he has any doubts that he’ll be ready for training camp, Lockett added, “I’m sure I’ll be ready. If I don’t, it’ll be news to me like it’s news to you.”

Lockett said the offseason has afforded him time to check out Seattle and surrounding areas like Bainbridge Island and Vancouver.

When Lockett suffered the injury in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, his teammates were visibly shaken up on the field. But Lockett said he was able to remain calm.

“It hardly bothered me,” he said. “It probably bothered other people. I didn’t feel anything, so people felt the pain more than I did. I was in a good place even when they carried me off.”

Lockett caught 41 balls for 597 yards in 15 games last season, but he was playing at less than 100 percent for much of the year because of a knee injury suffered early in the season.

The Seahawks were in three-receiver sets for 68 percent of their snaps in 2016. If healthy, Lockett will have the opportunity to compete for a starting spot opposite Doug Baldwin in 2017.