4 key observations from DK Metcalf’s performance vs. Broncos
By Lee Vowell
DK Metcalf is the best receiver on the Seahawks
The mantle has clearly been passed and probably isn’t just due to DK Metcalf getting paid a bunch of money this offseason with his new contract extension. Tyler Lockett has probably been the best (at least, the most consistently high-level receiver) wideout that the Seahawks have had since Doug Baldwin left a few years ago. But Lockett also gets paid a bunch of money so Seattle targeting Metcalf the most in Week 1 is more about the player than the contract.
If I was the quarterback of the Seahawks (and trust me, no one wants that to ever happen) and I had one pass to throw that had to be caught, I am still throwing it to Lockett. He has an amazing ability to catch the football and is one of the best to do so not only on the Seahawks team but in the NFL in general.
But if I am going to be a volume passer then Metcalf is getting more targets because he has the greater ability to turn a 10-yard out into a 70-yard touchdown. In Week 1, DK Metcalf had 3 more targets than anyone else on the team. And here’s the important part, though he didn’t turn those targets into many yards, he did catch every single pass.
Eventually, and probably very soon, Metcalf is going to make those targets/receptions into plays where he breaks a tackle or two and then zips down the sideline for a game-changing touchdown. He’s done it before and will do it many times again. At this point, Metcalf is the go-to receiver for the Seahawks.