Seeing Ricardo Lockette flash across the practice field once training camp finally started last summer, it didn’t take long for his new teammates to give the rookie wide receiver the obvious nickname.
“They’re calling him ‘Lockette the Rocket,’ ” Kris Durham, another rookie wide-out, said at the time. “He’s amazing. That guy’s got a lot of speed.”
Speed always has been Lockette’s game. But during today’s OTA practice, the player too often miscast as a one trick pony showed there’s more to him than the ability to blaze.
On one play, Lockette made a nice in-stride adjustment to catch a pass that was a little behind him and a little high. A few plays later, Lockette when over the defender and again reach back to snag another pass.
Later, however, Lockette also displayed the part of his game that remains a work in progress – consistency – as he dropped a pass that required no contortions to catch.
As the players were heading to the locker room after the session in the indoor practice facility, a teammate congratulated Lockette on his catches. Without hesitation, Lockette offered, “But I’ve got to catch them all.”
The final week of the team’s OTA practices continues on Tuesday, and there also will be sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.