There have been so many great quarterback-wide receiver duos throughout the history of the NFL.
Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison/Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts); Joe Montana/Steve Young and Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers); Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys); Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry (Baltimore Colts)… just to name a few.
You can’t have one without the other.
From 1999-2006, Harrison recorded over 1,000 receiving yards with Manning as his quarterback in Indianapolis.
The Manning-Harrison days were electric and a problem to the rest of the NFL to say the least, and something that Seattle Seahawks nine-year veteran quarterback Russell Wilson and second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf even text about.
Being the best duo in the NFL is a daily conversation between the pair.
“We talk about it all the time, we don’t shy away from it,” said Wilson on Thursday. “We talk about it almost everyday. What it looks like, what it takes. All offseason, that’s what we’ve been striving for. I think anytime you want to be great in anything, anytime you want to be the best in the world at something, anytime that you have a vision, I think you have to communicate that vision. I think you have to have a plan for that vision.
“And ultimately, I think you have to go execute the vision. And I think that’s what we’re in the process of trying to do.
The work didn’t just happen within the season for Wilson and Metcalf. The two were seen working out together several times this past offseason. Wilson even taught Metcalf how to swim. It’s these types of moments and relationship-builders that will impact their chemistry on the field.
And it has.
In 2019, Metcalf recorded 58 catches on 100 targets, 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards per catch and 56.3 yards per game.
An impressive rookie debut, but the numbers this season make 2019’s look small.
Halfway through this 2020 season (eight games in), Metcalf has recorded 43 catches on 68 targets for 788 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He is averaging 18.3 yards per catch and 98.5 yards per game.
“There’s a lot of great players that have played,” Wilson continued. “It’s great to have such a great player in DK but also the kind of character of guy that he is and just who he is as a person. He’s one of my best friends and we want to be great together.”
The scary part is there is still half a season to go.
Not to forget where the two are in their individual games. The 31-year-old Wilson is having an MVP-like season, still peaking, ‘cooking’ in this offense with a new culture change, and shows no sign of slowing down. All that work he puts into his body is paying off for the 6x Pro Bowler. Hard to believe the 23-year-old Metcalf is in his second season in the NFL and putting up ridiculous numbers. In week two against the New England Patriots, he made 2019 Defensive Player of the Year corner Stephon Gilmore look like the rookie in the matchup.
There is still a lot of time to continue improving and as Wilson stated above, the two are “just in the beginning stages of it all.”
Becoming the best duo in the NFL is very realistic.