Seahawks newest QBs will force DK Metcalf to develop as a No.1 WR

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Russell Wilson’s departure from Seattle has made it hard to assess how the team will fare in the upcoming season. Will the Seahawks’ rising receiver be capable of saving the season?

Change has become the theme of the NFL offseason this year. A handful of players bid their former teams proper farewells, venturing off to continue playing for a different franchise. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks were heartbroken when news of Russell Wilson’s decision to relocate became public – leaving the team without a gunslinger and a leader.

Determined to move forward, Seattle has worked diligently with the talent that remains on their roster – including wide receiver DK Metcalf.

Seahawks need DK Metcalf to find success with his new QB

Finding a quarterback like Wilson will take years of scouting. For now, Geno Smith and Drew Lock are the only quarterbacks that hold Seattle’s concern. Chemistry with the new lineup of quarterbacks is essential for Carroll’s receiving core – especially for No.14. Metcalf has been quarterback friendly since joining the league in 2019.

After a short time on the field, the former Ole Miss Rebel has made an impact. His rookie season with Seattle was fruitful, resulting in 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Metcalf’s 15.5 yards per catch earned him the reputation of being a downfield threat. As the former second-round pick progressed in his career, his stats began to rise. Metcalf surpassed his rookie receiving total the following season by 303 yards – adding three more touchdowns to his career total.

Seahawks must find different ways to incorporate Metcalf into the offense

Adding to his career touchdown total was Metcalf’s focus last season. Despite a decrease in yards receiving and receptions, he managed to record 12 touchdowns – establishing a new career high.

Finding the endzone consistently placed Seattle’s receiver in the top 10 in receiving touchdowns. A change at the quarterback position has caused fans to worry about Metcalf’s production in the upcoming season.

Speed and size have helped the fourth-year receiver stand out among his peers – but can he continue his success without Wilson?

Denver’s newest man under center has developed a reputation for his deep ball accuracy – a skill that has helped Metcalf put fear in opposing defensive backs.

Geno Smith and Drew Lock lack the accuracy possessed by Seattle’s former quarterback. If Metcalf plans to continue accumulating extra yardage, he must learn the strength and weaknesses of his new QB.