DK Metcalf sets NFL rookie record for most receiving yards in a playoff game in Super Bowl era
D.K. Metcalf is very good at proving his critics wrong. Once a coveted potential top-10 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the receiver fell out of favor within many front offices due to his health and poor testing times in the agility department. The opportunistic Seattle Seahawks took advantage of that, taking him in the backend of the second round of the draft.
Selecting the then-free falling Metcalf appears to be the right move. After an outstanding rookie regular season, he broke a record in his first NFL playoffs game. In a 17-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seahawks receiver tallied 160 receiving yards, the most by a rookie receiver in the playoffs in the Super Bowl era, per ESPN Stats and Info.
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Metcalf recorded 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. Though he had some issues with drops, he immediately won the trust of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. That showed on Sunday, as he hauled-in Seattle’s lone receiving touchdown, a 53-yarder in the third quarter.
Coming into the NFL, Metcalf earned critics for his lack of agility and vertical-orientated route-tree. The Seahawks saw them, as did everyone else. However, instead of forcing him into a role he’s not suited for, Pete Carroll’s staff let Metcalf do what he does best: stretch the field and create big plays.
To think, people doubted a receiver with an NFL bloodline, one of the best NFL Combine performances ever and a history of beating up SEC defenses. The Seahawks must be happy that others doubted him.