Training camp truly got into full swing on Sunday for the Seattle Seahawks, with players able to actually put on pads and hit each other. That meant that the Hawks wide receivers and defensive backs could square off in contact drills for the first time since the loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
The Seattle coaching staff, therefore, wasted no time in putting their shiny, new, exciting toy into a position to see what he can do against defensive backs with NFL experience.
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf were the starting receivers in two-receiver sets at Sunday's training camp practice.— LTFF (@LTFFNews) July 28, 2019
That is fantastic news for Seahawks fans hoping to see Metcalf make an impact on the field as a rookie, and gives the team and fans alike a chance to see him against starting caliber defenders. The results were, as one would expect, mixed. A more experienced Shaquill Griffin won one battle between he and Metcalf, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Defenders allowed to contest passes more today. Shaquill Griffin just broke up a comeback route to Metcalf.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2019
While Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest described a play on which Metcalf got the better of second year cornerback Tre Flowers.
DK Metcalf just made his best play of #Seahawks camp so far during a red zone 7-on-7 period. Russell Wilson threw a 50/50 ball to the end zone and Metcalf made an impressive catch with Tre Flowers draped all over him. Showed off his strong hands.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) July 28, 2019
It will be a great story to watch, not just Metcalf, but the other young receivers for the Seahawks potentially develop as well. Per reports, David Moore and Jaron Brown were with the second team when the Hawks went into two wide receiver sets.
That said, the competition at wide receiver includes not only the draftees like Gary Jennings and John Ursua, but the others competing for roster spots as well, including J.D. McKissic and Keenan Reynolds.
JD Mckissic TD pic.twitter.com/ccyv2BDmTx— Tony Blakeley (@Cyoplasm) July 28, 2019
Keenan Reynolds TD pic.twitter.com/a6OPvuPzr4— Tony Blakeley (@Cyoplasm) July 28, 2019
As training camp continues, we’ll do our best here at Field Gulls to continue to provide the news and highlights as we can.