Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf
If I was DK Metcalf, I would seriously be reconsidering signing an extension with the Seahawks this offseason. Yes, it’s a lot of money but he was going to get a lot of money no matter where he ended up. But Metcalf also cares about his receiving numbers and wants to have good enough numbers to maybe make the Hall of Fame one day. I don’t blame him for that and if his productivity is great, the team should be better too.
But so far in 2022, Metcalf is overall having his worst season since he was drafted in 2019. He does have quite a few catches but no touchdowns and very few yards per catch. He is being used as a possession receiver more than anything else and Seattle is wasting his talent with that. That is why if I was Metcalf, I’d be thinking I’d look like a better player with another team.
Metcalf has been targeted 13 times and he only averages 5.5 yards per target. He is averaging 5.5 catches per game – the highest of his career so far – but his yards-per-reception is just 6.5 which is nearly half of what he had in 2021 and well under his career average of 14.3. Metcalf has been ill-used. Even if his catch rate (currently 84.6 percent) goes to 70 percent, that should mean he is being targeted further downfield where he can do his most damage.
Metcalf needs to have a huge game against the Falcons for many reasons. One, if he is producing, the run game should be better and Tyler Lockett should also be feeding off that as well. Two, Metcalf being targeted downfield means the offense is looking a bit different than in the first two weeks which should mean points.
And three, Metcalf being great against Atlanta should bring hope to the future for both player and team that Metcalf can be good even if he doesn’t have Russell Wilson anymore.