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Seahawks WR DK Metcalf Is Becoming the ‘Monster’ His Father Hoped He’d Become

The Seattle Seahawks should be eternally grateful they took a chance on DK Metcalf in the 2019 NFL draft.

Metcalf surprised the football world with a strong rookie season. Now, the former second-round pick is quickly transitioning from dangerous receiver to an elite wideout for the Seattle Seahawks.

Metcalf, in his own words, is becoming a “monster.” His father, former NFL offensive lineman Terrence, is to thank for that fact.

DK Metcalf is becoming one of the NFL’s top receivers

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DK Metcalf burst onto the scene in 2019 with 58 catches, 900 yards, and seven touchdowns for the Seahawks. 

Metcalf added another 11 catches for 219 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games. Seahawks fans and fantasy football owners eagerly wondered what the talented receiver from Ole Miss would do in his second season? 

There has been no sophomore slump for Metcalf, a size mismatch at 6 feet 4 inches and 229 pounds. Metcalf totaled 22 catches for 496 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle’s first five games, all wins, this year. 

Metcalf’s 22.5 yards per catch currently leads the NFL. After playing 84% of the Seahawks’ offensive snaps a year ago, Metcalf has seen the field on 96% this year.

Metcalf views himself as a ‘monster’

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DK Metcalf just had one of the more impressive boasts in recent NFL history.

According to Bleacher Report, Metcalf thanked his father, Terence, for turning his son into a “monster.”

“My pops always taught me to be a dog. … They always told me how big, strong and intimidating I look, so why not just act like it? He created a monster.”

Terrence Metcalf had his own NFL career. The older Metcalf, a successful offensive lineman, played in 84 games with the Chicago Bears from 2002-08, starting 25. 

DK Metcalf could finish 2020 with historic numbers

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At his current pace, DK Metcalf would end the 2020 season with 71 catches, 1,587 yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns. 

The 1,587 yards would shatter Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent‘s Seahawks-record 1,287 yards, a number he set in 1985. No Seahawks receiver has topped 1,200 receiving yards since Koren Robinson’s 1,240 in 2002. 

Metcalf’s 16 touchdowns would also set a new Seahawks record, passing the 14 touchdowns that Doug Baldwin snagged in 2015.

Metcalf’s 496 receiving yards are third in the NFL, only behind Arizona star DeAndre Hopkins (528) and Bills veteran Stefon Diggs (509).

With Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott out for the season, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a clear path to MVP if he continues to play at a high level. Metcalf’s strong season will play a significant role in Wilson’s pursuit of both an MVP award and a second Super Bowl ring.

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