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Seahawks' Tyler Lockett sets team return yards record

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rookie Tyler Lockett set a Seahawks' single-game record with 139 punt return yards on four returns Sunday, smashing the mark that belonged to Charlie Rogers, who had 106 at Pittsburgh on Sept. 26, 1999.

Lockett, a third-round pick in in 2015 draft, had a productive rookie season as a wide receiver with 64 catches for 628 yards and six touchdowns. He was a factor in the return game as well, running back both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns this season.

Lockett’s longest return gained 66 yards in the second quarter, but the most jaw-dropping one came with just over three minutes to go in the first half. He went up the middle, spotted Cardinals punter Drew Butler and threw a fake so good that Butler didn’t even touch Lockett on a 42-yard gain. The Seahawks scored a touchdown three plays later for a 30-6 lead.

Lockett would have gained more yards if not for a penalty that negated a 22-yard return on his first return of the day.

“What a great job by the punt return team and Tyler,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He just looked unstoppable. That’s a bunch of guys working together to get that done. Tyler will be the first to tell you that. … We kept getting field position and taking advantage of it.”

Lockett, who added a 36-yard catch in the second quarter, gave credit to the guys on the return team.

“It’s all because of the way that we hold up, the way that people continually stay on their blocks,” Lockett said. “It’s all about making the best out of the opportunity. So whenever they do kick it, that’s when we have to take advantage. You never know how many you’re going to get.”

The Seahawks’ average starting position was their own 47-yard line after returns, turnovers and kickoffs.

“That’s the biggest thing we talk about on special teams, is just making a difference to be able to get our offense in the best position to be on the 30 or the other team’s 20, so they can have a better chance to score,” Lockett said.