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We take a look at the 49ers reported signing of WR Ricardo Lockette to their practice squad.
I am the newest member of the 49ers— Ricardo Lockette (@RicardoLockette) September 24, 2012
Lockette was a rookie with the Seahawks last season, spending the first 13 weeks of the season on the practice squad. He signed with the active roster on December 11 and had two catches for 105 yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks of the season. Here is some college info courtesy of Seahawks.com:
A wide receiver and return specialist for the Wildcats, finished 2010 with 23 receptions for 262 yards and one touchdown, while averaging 11.4 yards per catch. As a returner, averaged 24 yards per punt return, with a long of 49 yards. Started his career in track & field at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, before transferring to Fort Valley State in 2008 to play football. There, he caught 19 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Also returned eight kickoffs for 222 yards and a score.
The tweet does not specify, but Lockette would appear to be the replacement for Nathan Palmer, who signed with the Colts earlier today. The 49ers have a log-jam at the wide receiver position, but if Lockette can stick with the practice squad, he could have some opportunities when training camp rolls around next season. The 49ers have Michael Crabtree and A.J. Jenkins signed long term, but beyond that there is room for the team to maneuver next year.