Q&A With: Kevin Lockett

Redskins receiver Kevin Lockett couldn't wait to get to Washington last season, thinking his time had finally come. It didn't. Now that Steve Spurrier is here, Lockett thinks his time has come again.

Q: Does not knowing who the starting quarterback will be hurt the offense now?

A: Not really because for probably 95 percent of us, we're trying to learn a new system as it is. We're just trying to make sure we're in the right position, running the right routes ourselves. Steve is a great quarterbacks coach and he'll do a great job of getting whoever the best guys are on the field.

Q: What are your early impressions of Patrick Ramsey?

A: He's got a cannon. He delivers the ball with great velocity. It'll be interesting to see just how much better he gets as he picks up this offense.

Q: How comfortable do you feel in this offense?

A: I feel very comfortable. This offense suits myself for what I do best a lot better than last year's offense. A lot of my abilities will come out more and more as I get comfortable. There's no better offense to play in as a receiver than this one.

Q: How would you describe last year's offense?

A: We were set on running the ball and establishing a mean, physical attitude. This offense is all about taking what the defense gives you. You may see a game where we run 40 times a game and you may see a game where we pass the ball 40 times. We'll do whatever is best for our offense to gain yards and score points.

Q: You thought last year you'd get a chance to finally break out, but that didn't happen. Do you think it will happen now in this offense?

A: I believe so. For five years I've done OK. I really think this is the year when heads will turn and people will say, 'Wow, who is that? Where did he come from?' It's because this offense is truly suited around my abilities. My quickness will come out. That's why you see guys like Reidel or Jacquez or Ike Hilliard flourish in this offense. Guys who are good, quick guys.

Q: Will you do anything different to prepare for this season, knowing you'll get more passes?

A: For the first time I've had to do more studying and more route-running out here by myself and with other guys to get a feel for the way coach Spurrier's routes are run.

Q: What is the difference in the routes?

A: A lot of the routes here are, get to your depth and get in and out of your breaks, a lot of sideways movements. A lot of them are run off of how the defense is playing us, which gives us a lot more freedom as opposed to having to run a route as it's drawn up on a playbook. There's a lot more freedom and creativity that comes out of it.

Q: What do you think of your fellow Kansas State alum, Rock Cartwright?

A: He's strong and so fast. If he doesn't make it as a fullback, I definitely see him causing trouble on special teams. Any fullback will tell you it's all about having a low center of gravity and getting up underneath a linebacker. At 5-foot-7, he's already underneath a linebacker. And he has 240 pounds to bring with him. That's why he was successful at Kansas State and it's why he'll be successful here.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.

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