D.K. Metcalf

No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

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No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

We already knew D.K. Metcalf was a freak of nature.

Before he even stepped on the field as a Seahawk, the 21-year-old was blazing the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

Then, photos of his chiseled physique took over the internet. The NFL Combine reportedly measured him at 1.6 percent body fat.

He’s since become one of Russell Wilson’s go-to weapons and a social media icon after partnering with a coffee brand to sell “Decaf Metcalf.”

Ahead of Seattle’s Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Metcalf once again showed off how much he is killing it at life. During team drills, the Seahawks wideout displayed his freakishly good football skills when he leaped up above the field goal post to catch this ball one-handed. 

We nearly lost it. Twitter nearly lost it. The crossbar of an NFL goalpost is 10 feet tall. Metcalf cleared that EASILY! How is Metcalf even human?! 

Metcalf will look to add to his reel of flashy catches tonight as the Seahawks take on the Rams in what looks to be the final time at Memorial Coliseum. 

DK Metcalf surprises his mom for her birthday!

DK Metcalf surprises his mom for her birthday!

What does Seahawks rookie 2nd round pick DK Metcalf get his mom for her birthday? A new car of course!

In the one-minute video, Metcalf's mom is brought to tears by the gesture. Metcalf on the other hand, was all smiles. 

Metcalf signed a 4 year, $4.5 million contract with $2.2 million of it guaranteed and got a $1.3 million signing bonus. 

The Seahawks are coming off a thrilling Thursday Night Football win and have the weekend off. They will get back to it next week as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns on October 13th. 

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Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Even though Seattle Seahawks training camp does not start until July 25, two important members of the team already look in sync.

Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf took to Twitter on Wednesday to share some video from their recent workouts at UCLA, and the two Seahawks on-field relationship looks promising.

Metcalf, the Seahawks second-round pick in 2019, also seems to be working on adding to his route wheel. The darling of the NFL Combine, Metcalf shined due to his physical frame and explosive speed. However, he raised some concerns due to a lack of diversity.

Projected to be primarily a straight-line route runner, if Metcalf can continue to expand and improve his game, he could exceed his status as Seattle’s projected No. 2 receiver.

“He’s a freak of nature,” Wilson said of Metcalf in May. “He’s a guy that can run as fast as can be. He can go up and get it, he can run all the routes and stuff like that. So it’ll be exciting to see his evolution.”

This isn’t Wilson’s first offseason down in Southern California. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension this spring, has spent every July since 2012 working out on the UCLA campus in Westwood.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is rising above expectations

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is rising above expectations

The Seattle Seahawks organized team activities have come to a close, but the development of rookie D.K. Metcalf is just beginning.

The second-round pick out of Ole Miss has quickly garnered the attention of his teammates and coaches for his sharp attention to detail and understanding of the offense. Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says he’s impressed with Metcalf’s growth heading into minicamp next Tuesday.

“A lot of talent, a lot of size – the size factor is definitely different than what we’ve been around here. we see him developing, we see him getting better,” Schottenheimer said. “We just had a little scrimmage and tried to throw a little fade to DK – he didn’t quite finish it. Came right back to it.”

Tyler Lockett, who has been mentoring Metcalf during OTAs, says there’s a lot of things he hopes to teach the physical freak, including how to use his strength, toughness and speed as a weapon.

“Each and every day he’s getting real comfortable being able to understand the offense,” Lockett said. “That’s the biggest thing. Whenever you’re coming in as a rookie, is understand the terminology and understanding some of the things that you can do, some things you can’t do. The biggest thing that I like is the fact that he’s being himself. He’s playing his game and he’s using this tools and the things that has God-given talent to be able to be successful and get himself open.”

While the Seahawks have their go-to receiver in Lockett, Metcalf is not even close to his ceiling. His elite showing at the NFL Combine, where he recorded a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, did not even begin to encapsulate his incredible upside and his recent strides made this offseason.

Metcalf has a solid chance at Seattle’s No.2 receiver position and is in prime position for success in his rookie season. Lockett knows Metcalf’s shiny outlook speaks volumes.

“I think he’s way above what people from the outside probably expected him to be,” Lockett said. “I like him..I like him a lot.”

Who will fill the void created by the loss of WR Doug Baldwin?

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Who will fill the void created by the loss of WR Doug Baldwin?

Seattle began offseason workouts this week with one of the top priorities being to find someone, anyone, to fill the void created by the loss of wide receiver Doug Baldwin, released by the team last week after failing a physical. 

Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll made it clear that replacing Baldwin, who had multiple surgeries this offseason after an injury-riddled 2018, wouldn't be possible given all that he brought to the team as a player, leader and example of how to be a professional. 

"He’s been an integral part of everything we’ve ever been about since I’ve been here, it seems," Carroll said. "But not just he’s a good player – he’s been tremendous competitor in the program and he’s been a leader and he’s demonstrated everything that you’re supposed to demonstrate as a ball player in terms of toughness and grit and care and love and passion and all of that. So I don’t think we replace Doug. I think Doug was Doug and we won’t ever replace him in particular."

Well said, but Doug will no longer be Doug on the football field where his production and Jedi-like connection with quarterback Russell Wilson won't easily be replicated. 

"Doug has arguably been one of the best receivers in the National Football League for the past however many years, since he came into the league," Wilson said. "I’m glad he was on my team and I got to throw to him every day, versus him being on another team.  I think the thing about Doug is he was always open. He knew how to create separation. He had this fire that you didn’t see in anybody else, almost in a way. And I think that in terms of his passion, his love for the game, his love for just competing, his love for making plays, I mean, when the game’s on the line, he’s going to make a play, you know, and so, you’re going to miss that for sure."

How much Seattle ended up missing all that was Baldwin is the question. 

To date, Seattle has avoided signing a veteran free agent to add to the receiver mix. Names such as Michael Crabtree and former Seattle receiver Jermaine Kearse remain available. The Seahawks could also wait for a veteran to be released by another team or explore a trade. 

Another option is to simply roll with what the Seahawks have and hope that improvement from within, or an emerging rookie, will lessen the impact of losing Baldwin, whose five touchdown receptions over the final seven games last season (he missed one of them) helped get Seattle into the playoffs. 

Carroll said his is very pleased with the mix of receivers in place, and eclectic group that includes plenty of size, speed and power to go round. 

"When we get back to camp we're going to have some real competitions rolling," Carroll said. "We added three guys to the competition just out of the draft."

Here is a look at the receivers Seattle will choose from:

Tyler Lockett: He moves into the No. 1 role, which he basically took over last year while Baldwin struggled to heal his failing body. Lockett, who signed a three-years, $31 million contract extension before the season began, had career bests in receptions (57), yards (965) and touchdowns (10). 

"Tyler Lockett had a phenomenal year last year," Wilson said. "It’s his time to step up again. He’s going to have to play a major, major role this year, which he’s one of the best receivers in the league and all the things he can do to separate."

David Moore: He might be the wild card here. The seventh-round pick in 2017 came through last season with 26 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns and could start in 2019, or at the very least be the No. 3 receiver.  

"D-Mo is coming off really, I think, kind of a breakout year for him," Carroll said. "We're really counting on him taking another step in his junior year."

Wilson said Moore, who is 6-0, 215 and plays big and fast, must build upon last season. 

"I think for him it’s the consistency and just staying hot, cause when he gets hot, he’s on, he’s unstoppable," Wilson said. "And so we want to get him the ball as much as we can."

D.K. Metcalf: The rookie second-round pick is 6-foot-3, 229 pounds and runs a 4.33 40-yard dash. At the very least he will be a vertical and jump ball threat. He might not become a polished receiver in 2019, but he certainly should have an impact, even as maybe the No. 4 receiver. 

"He’s a freak of nature," Wilson said. "He’s a guy that can run as fast as can be. He can go up and get it, he can run all the routes and stuff like that. So it’ll be exciting to see his evolution, I think his work ethic and everything else."

Jaron Brown: The veteran of the group at age 29, Brown caught just 14 passes last year for 166 yards but five of his receptions went for touchdowns. If Metcalf is slow to develop, Brown could be the No. 3 receiver behind Lockett and Moore. 

"I feel like we underused him," Carroll said. "He had a lot of touchdowns for his catches but we expect to get more out of him."

Said Wilson: "He knows how to get open. He could create separation. He’s a leader. He’s an ultimate professional. So that’s what you’re looking for there in terms of JB."

Gary Jennings: Jennings brings size at 6-1, 214 pounds and he could play inside or out. He ran a 4.42 at the combine and should at the very least provide strong depth. It seemed rather obvious that Seattle had reservations about Baldwin's health when it selected Jennings just two rounds after taking Metcalf. 

Amara Darboh: But pushing Jennings for roster spot will be Darboh, a third-round pick in 2017 who caught eight passes as a rookie but was waived last year, landed with New England, was waived a couple of days later, returned to Seattle and spent the year on injured reserve. Now healthy, he could be back in the mix. 

"Darboh looks great," Carroll said. "He's back in the fold now, so he goes back into the competition of it."

John Ursua: The seventh-round pick is a long shot to make the 53-man roster and might end up on the practice squad. But he's fast and shifty. Where a player was drafted on this team often means little. Baldwin, after all, went undrafted. 

"The guys who want to work, the guys who want to be great, the guys who are going to do the extra work, the guys who at the end of the day are going to make a play and want to make the play, those are the guys are going to make it and we’re going to have a lot of great players," Wilson said. "So it’s going to come down to seeing what happens in the preseason and then sure enough it’ll be exciting thing. I know one thing, I’m excited to play quarterback here just to be able to throw it to these guys and how many guys are going to be able to get open, create separation and make plays."

Seattle Seahawks legend Walter Jones is sold on rookie WR D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks legend Walter Jones is sold on rookie WR D.K. Metcalf

Have any doubts about Seattle rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who was selected in the second around of the NFL Draft?

If the answer is "yes" then you are at odds with legendary former Seattle left tackle Walter Jones, who is sold on the 6-3, athletic marvel out of Mississippi.  

Jones, a Hall of Famer who spent 12 seasons with Seattle that included nine trips to the Pro Bowl, took to Twitter on Sunday to declare that Metcalf could be the steal of the draft.  

The operative words in Jones' tweet are "if" and potential. There is no denying that Metcalf can run, is athletic and could become a matchup nightmare. But none of that means he will live up to his potential. Many like him have not. Others, such as Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson, have more than delivered on their potential. 

Metcalf spent this weekend on the field during Seahawks rookie minicamp and certainly looked good in shorts and a helmet. His explosion is real. He had defensive backs backing up before the snap as to not get beaten deep and Metcalf would still run past them. And the side of shorter cornerbacks running after Metcalf is something to behold. No way he doesn't win a lot of 50/50 balls. 

"Just happy to finally be here after being drafted and just hanging around the other players who are here by just free agency or who were drafted too," Metcalf said during camp. "So it’s just a fun experience."

Metcalf said he received a Facetime call from quarterback Russell Wilson. 

"Russell (Wilson) called me and said he was excited to have me on the team," Metcalf said. "I saw (linebacker) Bobby Wagner yesterday at the facility and just to meet him for the first time, he’s a big dude, so I didn’t expect that. But they’re on break right now, but just waiting for them to come back so I can meet them and just learn whatever I can from them.”

Metcalf said the call from Wilson kind of shocked him.

“I had to realize that was my teammate and I wasn’t a fan anymore," Metcalf said. 

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he felt like Metcalf had a strong few days. 

"He had the opportunity to catch balls of all different kinds all over the field," Carroll said. "Down the field of course, he was really comfortable with all the long ball stuff. Everything we did with him, he was very comfortable with. I know that everybody’s wondering about this route tree thing and all that now, and I don’t see that being a factor. He looks like he’s very well versed, been coached. And I’ve said before, he had really good work that he did since the season was over with the guys that he worked with."

The pressure is on for Metcalf to live up to expectations, especially those from the great Walter Jones.

Seattle Seahawks go big with large WR D.K. Metcalf, emotional following selection

Seattle Seahawks go big with large WR D.K. Metcalf, emotional following selection

Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf was the talk of the NFL Combine. His workout made him national news and sent him on a media tour that included stops at many popular sports talk shows.

But the hype didn't match the true feeling about his talents among all NFL scouts and general managers. Metcalf, at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds and with three percent body fat, ran a 4.33 in the 40, displayed a vertical leap of 40 1/2 inches and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. Why wasn't he more productive at Ole Miss? Is he just a downfield burner with limited lateral quickness and route running ability? Would he catch the ball consistently in the NFL? Can he stay healthy? Could he become an NFL starter? 

Those questions pushed Metcalf out of the first round on Thursday night and left him wondering when he might get taken as team after team passed on him during Friday night's second round. 

Then, with Metcalf still on the board late in the second round, Seattle, which had traded its way back at a dizzying pace to this point in order to acquire additional picks, moved up in a trade with New England and pounced on Metcalf. 

"We thought he was going to go earlier and that’s why we made the move to go get him,” Seattle general manager John Schneider told reporters following the team's selections Friday night. 

The call from Seattle left Metcalf emotional. 

“It hit him really hard," Schneider said. "That’s who he is, he’s an all-in guy. He puts his head down and works his tail off. He was really emotional.”

Metcalf said he was anxious to see where he would end up. 

"That’s the first time that my phone rang and just to have a phone call was amazing," he told reporters during a conference call. "I’m just blessed to be a part of the organization.”

Metcalf didn't comment on if he expected to be taken earlier, as many mock drafts had him off the board before Seattle was scheduled to pick at No. 21 in the first round. 

"That’s not for me to say," Metcalf said. "I’m just happy that Seattle took a chance on me.”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll felt Metcalf's emotions.

“He had me tearing up too," Carroll told reporters. "He was so emotional about the wait and the anticipation of the pick was hard on him. It challenged him and he was most grateful and excited and all that. You couldn’t help but feel his emotions. We know that he’s a great worker and it means the world to him to be great. It’s not a surprise that it was emotional for him to finally get it figured out.

The second day of the drat for Seattle, which took defensive end L.J. Collier at No. 29 during Thursday night's first round, included the team trading down again, this time from No. 37 to No. 47 with Carolina while also acquiring the Panthers' No. 77 pick. At No. 47 the Seahawks selected safety Marquise Blair out of Utah. Seattle later traded No. 77 (third round) and No. 118 (fourth round) to acquire Metcalf at No. 64 and then traded up in the third round by sending No. 92 and No. 159 to Minnesota for No. 88 and No. 209. Seattle used the No. 92 pick to take Utah linebacker Cody Barton

Seattle has five picks remaining: 114 overall: No. 124,  No. 132, No. 142 and No. 209.

Acquring Metcalf, or any receiver, was a must. Seattle star Doug Baldwin has unergone several surgeries this off season after an injury-filled 2018 and his career is in doubt. Adding Metcalf offers insurance for Baldwin and a large deep threat that would also compliment Baldwin, should he play in 2019. 

"He’s equipped to do a lot of stuff," Carroll said of Metcalf. "Not just the stuff that he can do in the throwing game, but in the running game too. He’s going to be a big factor for us as a team that loves to run the football. He’s going to be a factor and he’s going to be able to help us in the play action game. He releases off the line of scrimmage with great violence. He’s one of the great starters in the draft. He ran 1.46 or something in his 10 [yard dash] which is an amazing time, not to mention how big he is."

Metcalf is not built like most wide receivers. Schneider compared him to past NFL stars such as Terrell Owens and David Boston, receivers who were built like linebackers.

Metcalf didn't run many complicated routes at Mississippi, a reality that will leave him playing catchup in that area in the NFL. 

“The offense wasn’t designed where they had to do that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "They had another great player on the other side in A.J. Brown and they ran totally different concepts in their route running. He was basically a down the field guy and underneath stuff. There’s development to be had here.”

Metcalf is confident his talents will translate. 

“I feel like I’m a complete receiver," he said. "I can run routes, I can catch the ball and I love blocking.”