Most of the attention after Sunday’s narrow 40-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and receiver Tyler Lockett, who excelled together once again.
Additionally, praise was given to tight end Jacob Hollister, who had his first two career touchdowns – including the game-winner – and negative attention to kicker Jason Myers, who missed three kicks including what should have been the game winner.
However, there was another performance worthy of praise on Sunday, that of rookie receiver DK Metcalf.
And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is here to pile it on.
“DK played great today,” Carroll said after the game. “It was his best game he’s had. You know when he catches the ball on the crossing route, he’s gone. That was really exciting to see that. He’s going to be a big factor when we go down the stretch here.”
Metcalf finished with six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown, while also getting one carry on a sweep that went for seven yards.
His touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard strike from Wilson, giving Seattle their first lead of the game.
Metcalf also had a crucial catch in overtime, helping lead to the game-winning touchdown.
“He just continues to do things really well,” Carroll continued. “People who doubted that he would be a good football player might wonder is that just lucky or whatever. He’s got the presence of mind. He’s a real competitor. He’s the real deal. We’ve been around enough young guys, we know what they’re like when they come through the process. He’s not typical. He’s atypical. He’s well ahead of the curve, in his smarts and awareness and savvy. You saw it. I’m glad you pointed it out. That’s the guy that we have on our team. He’s going to have a big year.”
Metcalf is already having the best rookie season by a Seahawks receiver ever, with 29 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns. He is on pace to top 1,000 yards receiving, an extremely rare feat for both rookies and Seattle receivers.
“He’s been playing like a Pro Bowl player,” quarterback Russell Wilson said after the game. “I think about DK is he’s been very focused on just preparing. Very focused on, just he sits right next to me in post-practice and take notes…he’s definitely leading the charge in the sense of his approach to the game. And that’s not something that you just get. It’s something that you have, it’s something that you believe in, it’s something that you work at, it’s something that you prepare for and he’s been tremendous with that.”
Metcalf will get a chance to shine in the spotlight next week, with a Monday night matchup against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers looming on the horizon.