In Seattle Seahawks news for your Monday, it’s all about the receivers. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett destroy press coverage but only Metcalf is really good?
Maybe more importantly than even Seahawks news is that today is the public holiday for Juneteenth. Juneteenth actually occurs on June 19th but now the day is officially a federal holiday and one that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. So I hope everyone finds their own way of celebrating and honoring.
Of course, if any extreme Seattle football news were to be made currently (it’s June!) then it would either be bad or really good (such as DK Metcalf signing an extension). That extension hasn’t happened yet but nothing bad has happened either. Still, there are some Seahawks nuggets of news coming through.
Seahawks news for Monday includes a bunch of DK Metcalf
DK Metcalf only player in one pundit’s top 100
I get that the team overall isn’t getting a lot of love nationally but is DK Metcalf really the only Seahawk worthy of being mentioned as a top 100 player? I don’t think so. But CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco does think so. He ranks Metcalf as the 66th-best player in the NFL for 2022. That’s fine. But what about other worthy candidates for Seattle?
Tyler Lockett is clearly one of the best 100 players in the league. At least, in my opinion, and likely the opinion of many other 12s. Lockett is as productive as Metcalf is. Plus, Quandre Diggs is one of the better safeties in the NFL and yet doesn’t make Prisco’s list. Hopefully, by the end of the 2022 season, Prisco regrets not having several Seahawks on his pre-season countdown.
Teams shouldn’t play press coverage against the Seahawks
Our friends at Field Gull’s had an excellent article recently based on a study by Conor McQuiston. Based on a minimum of 85 routes when pressed in 2021, McQuiston ranked the toughest receivers for defenses to stop. At the top of the list was A.J. Brown, recently traded from the Titans to the Eagles. But just below him is Seattle’s Tyler Lockett.
DK Metcalf ranked 8th in the study, a slight notch below DeAndre Hopkins. And if you think the study didn’t shine a light on why the top receivers are great, you’d be wrong. Among the group with Brown, Hopkins, Lockett and Metcalf are Justin Jefferson, Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase and Cooper Kupp.
Basically, Seattle should hope that they can run the ball well enough in 2022 that whoever the quarterback is gets to throw to Lockett or Metcalf when teams are pressing them at the line because the defense is also afraid of the run. If that’s the case, Seattle should score enough to win a lot more games than many expect.