News now! Packers focused on Seattle returner Tyler Lockett

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 17, 2015 – 10:54 am

150917-nn1-650GREEN BAY — The Packers got a nice boost from their rookie return man Ty Montgomery last week, but the Seahawks have a rookie returner making an even bigger splash.

Tyler Lockett ran a punt back for a touchdown in Seattle’s Week 1 loss in St. Louis, and that came after two returns (one punt, one kickoff) for touchdowns in the preseason.

Interestingly, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has a connection to Lockett’s father. Kevin Lockett’s first two years in the NFL as a receiver and returner were with Kansas City when McCarthy was QB coach for the Chiefs.

“He’s a special young man. Dynamic,” McCarthy said prior to practice on Thursday. “I had the privilege of working with his father in Kansas City. He definitely makes them different in the return game, and he’s someone we’re focused on.”

McCarthy also wasn’t buying into the notion that Seattle’s defense has taken a step back without safety Kam Chancellor, who is still holding out. Seattle gave up 34 points in their overtime loss to the Rams, but McCarthy mentioned defensive lineman Michael Bennett, linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman as top-flight defenders the Seahawks still have.

“They’re still an outstanding defense. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves,” McCarthy said. “They’re very talented. They still play with the same energy and activity. None of that has changed. One game does not make a season or change my opinion. This is a big challenge for our offense.”

As for Green Bay’s defense, S Morgan Burnett’s return to practice on Wednesday went well, and McCarthy said he’s “moving in the right direction.” DE Datone Jones, who was suspended in Week 1, is also back, and Thursday’s full-pads practice will be important for him.

“He’s coming off an injury,” McCarthy said. “He had an ankle injury 3-4 weeks ago. I really want to see his padded work today.”

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