Remember that offseason video of DK Metcalf running routes with Russell Wilson? It went viral. People judged it, and talked about it, and over-analyzed it. It was peak no-football twitter.
Cleveland Browns free safety Damarious Randall even decided to weigh in on the commentary, quote tweeting “LOL.”
Perhaps Randall should have thought more carefully about such action, given the Seattle Seahawks would play the Browns in Week 6, but then Twitter isn’t for that. It’s for firing off your spicy takes.
Metcalf had his revenge last Sunday. The rookie flashed one of his best traits in college: the ability to get off press coverage. Granted a clean release on the slant, he helped Russell Wilson beat the 3rd down blitz.
Then Metcalf punished Randall. At 6ft 3, 228lbs, Metcalf is an absolute load for defenders to take down. He brings a terrifying combination of speed (4.33s forty) and power that gives him serious Yards-After-Catch potential.
Randall, 5ft 11 196lbs, brutally discovered this, getting stiff-armed to the turf as Metcalf shed him. Metcalf surged onwards and it took three Cleveland defenders to push him out of bounds.
Projected to finish with 896 receiving yards in Seattle’s run-first attack, the 21-year-old Metcalf looks to have a stupidly high ceiling. He was given an end-around carry in Cleveland and showed exciting chemistry with Wilson.
The decision from John Schneider to trade back into the 2019 second-round to take the former Ole Miss wide receiver looks inspired. Metcalf is going to embarrass more defenders, but none will be as sweet as the revenge he exacted on Randall—a fifth-year NFL vet.