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Metcalf vs. Megatron - How the numbers look over their first two seasons in the NFL

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Only into his second year in the NFL, Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is already becoming a household name.

He showcased why he is one of the top playmakers in the league against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Metcalf caught 10 catches for 177 yards and eclipsed over the 1,000-yard mark on the season for the Seahawks. 

After the game, the second-year receiver revealed that he had a chip on his shoulder from comments made pregame by Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

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Metcalf later said after the game that Schwartz said to him, "I was in Detroit with Megatron, but you’re not there yet.”

Although reports are now coming out that the particular comment was taken out of context - Schwartz said after the game that he is the closest thing to Calvin Johnson he has seen - Metcalf still used it as a boost of energy to have a monster game.

Taken in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, Metcalf has been nothing short of a star since entering the league.

The question is now; is Metcalf going to have a better career than Megatron?

So far, it is actually looking like that could be the case.

Comparing the two giant receivers through the first 27 games of their careers actually has Metcalf in the leaf in all categories.

Metcalf has 116 receptions on 190 targets for 1,939 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Johnson had 101 receptions on 200 targets for 1,727 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007-2008.

 

Johnson would actually finish his sophomore season with 78 receptions for 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Metcalf, with five games left on the schedule, is on pace to finish with at least 84 receptions for 1,511 yards and 13 touchdowns.

But it all depends if Russell Wilson and Metcalf continue to cook for the rest of the season. The next four games look like the duo could really pile on some numbers to his already impressive season.

Obviously, the two receivers come from different generations and different quarterbacks, but Metcalf is looking to have a longer career than Johnson who only played eight seasons in the NFL.

The time that Megatron was in the NFL, he was an unstoppable force. Metcalf is not making his presence known in his time and could be overpassing the career of what Megatron did in the years to come.

Metcalf, at the moment, leads the league with 1,039 receiving yards and his nine touchdowns are fifth in the league. And with Wilson as his quarterback and the way he is playing, those numbers are only going to go higher.

Metcalf isn't Megatron, but the young receiver is already putting up a solid resume into his career. Megatron is taken, but 'the Mandolarion' is already making its wave as a nickname for Metcalf as of Monday.

Will see how many more games it takes for that nickname to stick.