On Wild Card weekend, DK Metcalf made his presence felt as the Seattle Seahawks narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles. Heading into the NFC Divisional Round, Metcalf is in for another big performance for the Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers.
When the Seahawks drafted Metcalf with the 64th overall pick, they were hoping to get someone who could become an immediate contributor to the offense. It’s safe to say that the Ole Miss product actually exceeded expectations in his first season as a pro.
During the draft process, Metcalf became an internet sensation when a picture of him working out surfaced on social media. Despite having a strong showing at the NFL Combine, there were eight wide receivers who were selected ahead of him.
Upon his arrival in Seattle, Metcalf was welcomed with open arms by a shirtless Pete Carroll. From that moment on, the rookie wide receiver has adjusted well with the Seahawks.
In his first season in the NFL, Metcalf would tally 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns for the Seahawks. The big-play wide receiver would carry over his production into the postseason against the Eagles.
Even though it was his first playoff game, Metcalf looked like a man amongst boys against Philadelphia’s secondary. The 22-year-old wideout finished the contest with seven receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. The seven receptions and 160 receiving yards were both career highs.
In addition, Metcalf set an NFL record for most receiving yards in a rookie’s playoff debut. Above all, Metcalf made the game-sealing reception to help the Seahawks advance. There’s no doubt that Metcalf has a decent chance to continue his momentum against the Packers in the divisional round.
At the end of the regular season, Green Bay finished with the 14th ranked pass defense in the NFL. However, there were times that the Packers’ secondary showed that they could be vulnerable against the pass.
On the other hand, the Packers boasted the 23rd ranked run defense during the regular season. The Seahawks love to run the ball, but they no longer have a healthy backfield to rely on.
Even with Marshawn Lynch returning, he is no longer the same back who could carry the ball 20-25 times a game. Provided that, Seattle is going to need Metcalf to perform well if the Seahawks are going to upset the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Some people probably believe that Jaire Alexander is going to be matched up with Metcalf. But it would make sense for Green Bay to give Kevin King the responsibility due to his size and physical style of play.
With that being said, Metcalf has the advantage over King because of his uncanny speed for his size. Considering the situation, the Packers could be in for a long day trying to contain Metcalf on Sunday.