Reason 3: Connection with Metcalf & Lockett
One of, if not the most important player on the Seattle Seahawks right now is D.K. Metcalf. Seattle will need him to get back to contender status. The best way to do that is to give him the ball. It was a very small sample size, but the connection from Geno to Metcalf was real and stronger than anything we’d seen from Russ and Metcalf.
During the three-and-a-half game stretch where Smith was the quarterback, he connected with Metcalf on 17 of 21 passes, 251 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s good for a 156.1 passer rating, which is pretty darn impressive. Most importantly, in three of those scores, Smith trusted Metcalf and his size, by just throwing balls up in the air for him to grab.
That may not seem like a big deal, but it was something Wilson struggled to connect with big targets, such as Jimmy Graham and Metcalf. In an area that was a weakness previously, appears to be a perfect match between Geno and Metcalf.
The connection wasn’t just with D.K. as Tyler Lockett got into the mix as well. As stated earlier, when given time, Smith cooked the Jaguars by feeding Lockett and Metcalf the ball. The combined eighteen catches were a season-high for the two stars. The only week that rivaled the eighteen catches was in an overtime loss in week 2 to the Titans, when they combined for fourteen catches.
With the addition of the talented tight end Noah Fant from Denver, I want to see Seattle feed those three players at least twenty times a game. In the right situation, Geno has shown he can be that man.