SANTA CLARA – Ricardo Lockette spoke to Bay Area reporters Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: Does it feel different from last year?
LOCKETTE: No, it’s still competition, but the job that we’re competing for happens to be one of the most important jobs on this team, and that’s replacing the best receiver on the team. We’re not taking this lightly, replacing our teammate who is definitely in our prayers. Hopefully we can replace Crab and hold it down until he gets back.
Q: How was it working with Kaepernick the past few months?
LOCKETTE: Oh man. The way he explains things and breaks things down, it’s made me a different receiver. Night and day. Just learning the playbook from someone you can totally relate to. He understands how I think and I understand how he thinks.
Q: How tough is it to replace Crabtree?
LOCKETTE: Crabtree was an all-around receiver. Coming into that spot, you’ve got to be able to block, you’ve got to be able to run excellent routes, you’ve got to be able to sometimes be a decoy because a lot of times he was double covered.
Q: Are you more of an X receiver, or can you play anywhere?
LOCKETTE: I’m more of an outside receiver. X or Z.