Ricardo Lockette scores a touchdown, prevents another
Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson, and a heads-up play probably prevented a Broncos interception and touchdown.
Seattle Times staff reporter
After Seattle’s 26-20 overtime victory over Denver, it was hard to know which was bigger — the touchdown Ricardo Lockette scored, or the one he prevented.
Lockette didn’t much care about that debate, happy simply to play a role in a Seahawks victory.
“I am just trying to be the best player I can possibly be,’’ he said.
Midway through the second quarter, that meant briefly unearthing his defensive back skills as he knocked a pass away from Denver cornerback Aqib Talib, who had gotten a good break on a throw from Russell Wilson and appeared headed for a touchdown. Lockette was called for offensive pass interference, but this was one flag coach Pete Carroll didn’t mind seeing.
“That might have been a touchdown for them,’’ he said. “It was really a heads-up play by Ricardo.’’
Said Lockette: “I felt like I did a good job playing as a DB.’’
Then he added with a laugh: “LOB,’’ a reference to the Legion of Boom secondary.
A few minutes later, Lockette streaked down the sideline past Talib and into the end zone, where he caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Wilson that broke a 3-3 tie and ended up being Seattle’s longest play of the day.
Carroll said the Seahawks had noticed Talib beginning to jump routes — as he had done just a few moments earlier on the play Lockette broke up — and decided to try to take advantage.
“Really good call by (offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell) to go for it there,’’ Carroll said. “(Talib) was kind of jumping on him there.’’
Lockette also had another of what are becoming trademark big hits in punt coverage, part of another day when he showed again the maturation he has made since his first stint with the Seahawks in 2011.
“He’s been incredibly significant,’’ Carroll said. “He’s really shown up.’’
Ryan a weapon
On a day the Seahawks celebrated Canada Day, Jon Ryan, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, had one of his best games.
In fact, Carroll said later “if anybody would be the MVP, it would be Jon.’’
Ryan averaged 50.2 yards on six punts with a long of 66, downing five inside the 20 to give the Seahawks huge advantages in field position.
“You can’t expect a guy to do any better than that, pinning them deep,’’ Carroll said.
Ryan also punted the ball 79 yards in the air following a Denver safety, pinning the Broncos back at their 23.
With the Seattle offense moving well through the exhibition season and first two games, Ryan hadn’t had many opportunities to hit it as far as he can.
“They let me let it out a little bit and I love it,’’ he said. “I’ll hit as many bombs as they’ll let me, so I had a great time out there today.’’
Seattle suffered no significant injuries, though a couple of players left for a few plays.
Left tackle Russell Okung was taken to the locker room in the second quarter with a shoulder injury but returned to play the second half.
Safety Earl Thomas left briefly in the second half to get an IV. He returned to play the rest of the game.
Cornerback Marcus Burley took a big hit from teammate Kam Chancellor on the Broncos’ final drive but said he just had the wind knocked out of him.
Wilson wins wrestling match
When Wilson fumbled near his own goal line in the fourth quarter, he entered a wrestling match for the ball with Denver defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
“I kept telling him, ‘You’re not going to get this ball,’ ” Wilson said. “He said, ‘I’ll wait all night,’ and I said, ‘I’ll wait all night, too.’ We were fighting for it for a while. The ref said, ‘We gotta go, Russell’s got it and (Ware said), ‘No, I got it.’ We were going back and forth, and I said, ‘DeMarcus, I’m not letting you have this. I just kept squeezing as hard as I could ... He’s a big dude, so I was going 100 percent strength. Maybe 110 percent strength.”