The Seattle Seahawks are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history and if anything was made true this offseason, it’s that Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf’s long days of workouts in Mexico and Southern California are officially paying off.
Wilson is the frontrunner in the NFL’s Most Valuable Player conversation and it’s becoming more and more difficult to argue that there’s any quarterback out there playing better than the six-time Pro Bowler.
Add speedy playmaker DK Metcalf into the mix and the QB/WR are nearly unstoppable. If you ask The Ringer’s Danny Kelly, the second-year receiver is quickly emerging into one of the NFL’s elite.
“He’s legitimately a true superstar in this league right now, maybe one of the top,” Kelly said. “Is it hyperbole to say he’s maybe one of the top receivers in the NFL now?” Kelly asked Joe Fann of the Talkin’ Seahawks podcast.
As Fann mentioned, there’s plenty of evidence to back up Metcalf’s rise to fame. He’s third in the NFL in receiving yards with 496, first in yards per catch with 22.5, and third in receiving touchdowns with five so far.
Aside from being among league leaders in several statistical categories, he also has a catch rate of 56.4 percent, thanks to a few deep balls from his QB1.
“Just the way that Russell Wilson is targeting him in these key moments and expecting that he’ll make game-shifting, game-changing plays,” Kelly said. “I think the Seahawks have a very—it’s not unique, for them it is, a very unique mixture of that big play threat in DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson playing his best football ever, maybe the best quarterback in the NFL right now, just how dialed in he is.”
But Metcalf’s arsenal of skills doesn’t end there. It’s also his decisions in crunch time that make him so lethal for opposing defenses.
He hauled in the game-sealing touchdown to beat the Cowboys. In a physical matchup with Stephon Gilmore, Metcalf blew by the Patriots DPOY for a 54-yard score. Then, in Week 4, Metcalf caught three catches on the final drive vs. the Vikings, including a fourth-and-10 pass for 39 yards and a fourth-and-goal pass to Metcalf that gave Seattle the win.
Wilson called Metcalf “the best in the world at what he does,” with good reason. Now, let’s see if they can be the best in the world together when Seattle comes back from its Week 5 bye to take on division foes, the Arizona Cardinals.
Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks podcast with host Joe Fann and The Ringer’s Danny Kelly below: