DK Metcalf gives Devon Witherspoon huge praise
The Cincinnati Bengals are gifted when it comes to throwing the ball. Not only do they have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL with Joe Burrow, but they also have two excellent receivers in Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Higgins is the bigger receiver, and a bit more of a possession guy (though he is capable to explosive plays as well), while Chase can do everything at a high level. He is one of the toughest matchups for any team and the same holds true for the Seahawks entering Week 6.
Seattle receiver DK Metcalf lavished praise on Chase during a Wednesday press conference as Metcalf said Chase catches the ball "effortlessly" and that he is "just a great receiver" and Metcalf tips "his hat off to him." But Metcalf also thinks Seattle's rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon is going to "get the best of (Chase)" on Sunday.
The question is how much Witherspoon covers Chase. The Seahawks do not play man coverage in terms of one corer following a certain receiver all over the field. Seattle normally plays zone or, in man, has a corner play a side of the field. If Chase is moved around a lot (which he likely will be) then the chances that Witherspoon has to cover Chase one-on-one might be limited.
Also, while I like Witherspoon a ton as a player and think he is going to be great with the Seahawks for many years, expecting him to play perfectly alone against Chase in Witherspoon's fourth career game might be asking too much. Witherspoon will need some help, and even then Chase is likely to have a decent day.