DK Metcalf joined the radio row madness last week in Miami from Super Bowl LIV. The Seahawks talented young wideout spent two afternoons making media rounds in partnership with Nesquik. Metcalf is an avid consumer of strawberry milk, and he estimates that he drinks at least one small bottle a day.
Beyond his affinity for dairy, Metcalf spent a few minutes talking with NBC Sports Northwest about his rookie season and his plans for the upcoming offseason.
Metcalf started immediately for the Seahawks as the team’s No. 2 receiver opposite Tyler Lockett. He posted 58 receptions on 100 targets for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. His season was highlighted by a 160-yard, one-touchdown outburst in the Wild Card Round against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I think I did pretty good, but there’s always something I can work on,” Metcalf said of his first year in the NFL. “That’s going to be my main focus during the offseason is just working on the things I saw as flaws during my rookie season and just build on that.”
And what was the main flaw that he’d like to work on? Ball security, of course.
“Mainly my drops,” Metcalf said. “I had way too many drops in my opinion. Some of those drops could have changed the outcome of the game. I’m just working on those drops, man.”
Metcalf had seven drops in 2019, tied for 11th-most in the NFL. He’s also presumably including his fumbles. He lost three as a rookie, two of which came in huge moments. One was recovered by the Ravens for a touchdown. Another came at the end of a herculean effort against the 49ers where he fumbled just shy of the goal line.
To remedy the problem, Metcalf plans to utilize the jugs machine, catch tennis balls, work on one-handed catches and pretty much everything else that will help his concentration. That extra work is nothing new for him. Metcalf was regularly seen catching balls out of the jugs machine well after practice was over during the season.
He’s going to spend a bulk of his offseason training at EXOS in Phoenix before linking up with Russell Wilson, Lockett and potentially other members of the Seahawks offense at some point in the upcoming months.
Remember, Wilson invited every skill player down to Los Angeles last summer for a week of workouts and team bonding. That’s likely to continue in 2020.
Metcalf’s impressive rookie season set the table for what could be a special career in Seattle. There’s no reason why he and Tyler Lockett can’t become one of the most formidable 1-2 punches in all of football, especially with Wilson throwing them the football. Expectations in the Pacific Northwest are sky high for the 6-foot-4 wideout.