D.K. Metcalf: A 1,000-yard receiver in 2020 with Seahawks?


D.K. Metcalf had a great rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks out of Ole Miss. Can the wide receiver go over 1,000 receiving yards in his second season?

Much was made about D.K. Metcalf as an NFL Draft prospect coming out of Ole Miss. A bona fide specimen and a workout hero in college, Metcalf dropped to the second round in 2019 because NFL scouts doubted if he could run more than two routes at the professional level. Well, he ran those two routes phenomenally as a rookie in 2019 with the Seattle Seahawks.

It took a few games, but Metcalf developed a nice rapport with his quarterback Russell Wilson. Metcalf finished his rookie campaign with the Seahawks with 58 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdown grabs. His breakout performance came in the NFC Wild Card round with his record-setting 160 yards on six catches for a touchdown in Seattle’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Normally players improve the most from year one to year two in the league. Perhaps we can project a little bit forward on Metcalf’s development as a player. Will he be a 1,000-yard receiver in year two in the league with Seattle? The Fantasy Footballers dig into this juicy topic on the latest episode of their podcast.

Overall, the guys seem to like Metcalf’s upside as a receiving talent at this point of his young NFL career. Jason Moore pointed out that despite being very raw coming out of college with his route tree, Metcalf’s play and growth in the Seattle offense throughout the year was impressive. So believing Metcalf will have an additional 100 yards to receiving to break a 1,000 is totally in play.

If there is a reason to fade the notion of Metcalf surpassing the 1,000-yard threshold, it might have more to do with the Seahawks’ run-first offense more than anything. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is like his dad Marty in that they love to pound the rock and play ball control. It’s called Marty Ball for a reason. So that’s certainly something to think about heading into 2020.

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Ultimately, Metcalf should get over 1,000 yards next year because he’ll not only grow as a receiver, but will have more talent around him in the Seattle passing game. Seattle knows what it has in wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The Seahawks have also brought in former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen to help make their passing offense a bit more multi-dimensional. This will only help.