The Seattle Seahawks have had one Hall of Fame that played receiver, Steve Largent. But D.K. Metcalf could have the best Seattle single-season ever in 2020.
Unless you were recently born, any Seahawks fan should know without a doubt that Hall of Famer Steve Largent is the best receiver in Seattle history. Heck, he is one of the best receivers in NFL history. Doug Baldwin was great, but no Largent. And yet, D.K. Metcalf could eclipse Largent in 2020 for single-season production.
The highest single-season yards received by any Seahawk was Largent’s 1,287 in 1985. Largent, in fact, has five of the Seahawks’ seven-highest single-season yards in franchise history. Obviously, no Seattle player has ever had 1,300 yards receiving in one year. But Metcalf will change that this year.
Metcalf might still only be the Seahawks second-leading receiver in receptions in 2020, but he will lead the team in yards. Metcalf is a physical freak, big and fast. He compares in size and in rookie production to the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones.
Jones is a likely future Hall of Famer himself. But in his rookie season, Jones had 54 catches for 959 yards and 8 touchdowns. His average yards per catch was a career-high 17.8. Last year, Metcalf had 58 receptions for 900 yards and 7 touchdowns. His average yards per catch was 15.5. Jones’ average yards per catch for his career is 15.2.
What to expect from D.K. Metcalf in 2020
Since 2014, Jones has not had a season where he has caught passes for less than 1,394 in a season. Metcalf, especially since he has Tyler Lockett taking attention away from him on the other side and Russell Wilson throwing him the ball, should be able to get at least 85 receptions this year. If he can average 15.5 yards a catch, that would give him 1,317 yards and a Seattle single-season record for yards caught.
There is no real ceiling for Metcalf in the coming seasons. The only thing that would hold him down is the Seahawks offensive philosophy. But because he is getting thrown to by a likely Hall of Fame quarterback and he isn’t the sole source of offensive production, he can be great. I think that starts this season.