DK Metcalf is becoming one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL.
If you are a Seahawks fan, this is the absolute best years to watch DK Metcalf play and evolve. He is still very young, has all his speed, all his athleticism, his playing with a chip on his shoulder and loves playing the game. I am not saying that in 10 years and after Metcalf has had 12,000 yards receiving and more than 100 touchdowns in his career he won’t be fun to watch but the joy in now is that we still get to see all those future yards.
There are several reasons to love DK Metcalf. First, he’s good. Like really good. He probably believes he is but his belief isn’t at the Antonio Brown-level of knowing it. Brown isn’t that likable because lots of people don’t like someone who is really good but also knows they are really good and basically sees themselves as above the game. This is not, at this point anyway, DK Metcalf.
Point in fact, DK Metcalf feels like he is still proving doubters. Maybe Metcalf over-reacted to the Eagles’ Jim Schwartz comments. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles on Monday Night Football 23-17 and before the game Schwartz, the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, seemed to have told Metcalf that “you may not be Calvin (Jonhson) yet but you’re on your way.”
Had Schwartz told Metcalf “you are on your way to becoming the next Megatron” then Metcalf may not have felt insulted. But the “you may not be” could be considered a bit like a dig though Schwartz may not have meant it that way. Still, that Metcalf finds a reason to be even more motivated is great.
DK Metcalf’s inspiration
Metcalf’s drive to succeed shouldn’t ever be challenged at this point. He is a workout beast in the offseason and studies film and has a thirst for knowledge of routes and defenses. That need to learn and work is going to help him become a great receiver and great for the Seahawks for many seasons to come. That’s good for 12s.
Is DK Metcalf a first-team All-Pro in 2020? He is close. He leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,039 through week 12. Metcalf is fifth with 9 touchdown catches (to be fair, should have 10 had he held on to the ball in the end zone in week 12 versus the Eagles), third in yards-per-catch at 17.9 but 17th in receptions with 58 and 15th in targets with 90. Tyler Lockett, Metcalf’s teammate, has two more with 92.
The best of DK Metcalf is still to come. He will catch the ball better. His catch percentage has already gone from 58 percent in his rookie year of 2019 to 64.4 percent this season. Next year it will likely be even better. Metcalf is on pace for 1,511 yards this year. In 2021, 1,800 isn’t out of the question if Metcalf remains healthy.
And there is no reason Metcalf shouldn’t be great for several years into the future. He plays with a great quarterback in Russell Wilson and has a great fellow receiver in Tyler Lockett for several years to take the pressure off him. Things might change because, you know, NFL. But if things remained relatively unchained, DK Metcalf is going to have a great career and the Seahawks are going to have a great offense.