Two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals, Seahawks receiver DK Metcal, put the whole league on notices when chased down Budda Baker and denied him a pick six. Metcalf shared that the play didn’t matter in his mind because they lost the game.
“The play really doesn’t matter in my mind because we lost,’’ Metcalf said. “My teammates really spoke highly of me and gave me a lot of congratulations. In my mind that is something that I was supposed to do, not just an epic play that the world just saw.’’
On Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, DK Metcalf caught 12 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Including a 46 yard catch-and-run, which put the first points on the board against the 49ers. A play that got his teammates and coaches talking.
“When he caught the ball on the crossing route, I started screaming that they weren’t going to get him, right when he was way over there, because he’s just too fast,’’ coach Pete Carroll said via Zoom, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “He just circled the whole defense and put it in the end zone, and I don’t even think they touched him. It was a great play.’’
“That play he made where he caught the ball today and ran it across the field and ran into the end zone, there is nobody faster in the world than him on the field,’’ said quarterback Russell Wilson. “He’s just pretty special in that sense.’’
Metcalf’s play this season has caught the eye of four-time NBA Champion, LeBron James, who said that he and Metcalf are built different. James also nicknamed him ‘Baby Bron,” according to Sporting News.
Former Seahawks’ wide receiver Nate Burleson believes, he can be the best receiver in the league.
“DK discovered his superpowers at the end of his rookie season, and he picked up where he left off. And for me, it’s going to be sooner or later where DK, hands down, is the best wide receiver in the business. And this is not any disrespect to DeAndre Hopkins, but DK is faster than him,” said Burleson.
“This isn’t any disrespect to Michael Thomas, Davante Adams; DK might be stronger than those guys. Those are sleek and slim-wide receivers that are fast and great route runners. What happens when DK Metcalf, who is unbelievably strong start running routes like that best route runners in football? That’s when it gets scary.”
Robert Nelson agrees with Burleson on Metcalf being faster than Hopkins but feels Hopkins has the best eye coordination in the league.
“He is faster than Hopkins, but Hopkins probably has the best eye coordination in the NFL period, said Nelson.
According to Jake Elman of sportscasting.com, the second year pro is on pace to finish the season with 71 catches, 1,587 yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns. If that were to happen, Metcalf would shatter Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent‘s Seahawks-record 1,287 yards, which he set in 1985. Metcalf also has the opportunity to eclipse Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones’ sophomore numbers of 79 catches, 1,198 yards, and 10 touchdowns, according to SI’s Nick Lee.