Russell Wilson knows greatness.
The Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only players in NFL history with 30,000 career passing yards and 4,000 career rushing yards after going 31 of 35 for 322 yards and four touchdowns in Seattle’s Week 1 win over Atlanta.
But there’s another player on his team he doesn’t want people to sleep on: DK Metcalf.
When talking with Pro Football Talk following the Seahawks' masterful 38-25 victory over the Falcons, the seven-time Pro Bowler had high praise for the second-year wideout.
After falling in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Metcalf has made it his mission to prove his doubters wrong. As a rookie, Metcalf broke out for 58 receptions, 900 receiving yards, third among rookies, and seven touchdowns in all 16 games.
He set a record for most receiving yards by a rookie in a playoff game when he caught seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card round vs. Philadelphia.
Metcalf picked up where he left off on Sunday, blowing by Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver for a 38-yard touchdown on fourth-and 5, his first score of the 2020 season. That touchdown gave the Seahawks a 21-12 lead.
The crazy thing? Metcalf is only going to get better from here, and it’s only a matter of time before the 22-year-old joins the exclusive Pro Bowl club. Wilson knows it’s imminent.
Until then, the NFL is on notice.
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