Five most important Seahawks entering 2020
By Lee Vowell
4. D.K. Metcalf
The Seahawks receiving corps does not get a lot of credit in most national rankings. Maybe this has more to do with the depth, or seemingly lack thereof, that Seattle has after their top two guys, Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Lockett went over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career in 2019. Metcalf had 900 yards receiving in his first season in the NFL.
I like Lockett. He is quick and fast with great hands and should be a Seattle-lifer. But Metcalf is a complete freak athletically and showed near the end of the 2019 season to have very good hands. He is smart and will be a better receiver in 2020 than he was in 2019. And he will be better in 2021 than he will be in 2020.
D.K. Metcalf has the size and speed to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. Russell Wilson needs him to be great and Metcalf works hard to be great. Few receivers recently have equaled Metcalf’s rookie numbers of 900 yards receiving, more than 50 catches and a yards-per-catch of 15 or more.
Metcalf is a key to 2020. If he stays healthy, takes the next step as far as production (which could mean 1,100 yards or more), and holds on to the ball a bit better (three fumbles for a receiver like Metcalf had last year is too much), then Metcalf will be a key to a long playoff run for Seattle this year.