DK Metcalf’s rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks exceeded expectations. The former Ole Miss star caught 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns, along with a ridiculous 7/160/1 TD stat line in his playoff debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As ever, there’s plenty of room for improvement for Metcalf as he enters his sophomore campaign in the pros. At Super Bowl radio row last week in Miami, DK was self-aware that he has to clean up the drops and fumbles.
“I think I did pretty good [in my first year], but there’s always something I can work on,” Metcalf said (via NBC Sports Northwest). “That’s going to be my main focus during the offseason is just working on the things I saw as flaws during my rookie season and just build on that.”
“Mainly my drops,” Metcalf continued. “I had way too many drops in my opinion. Some of those drops could have changed the outcome of the game. I’m just working on those drops, man.”
Now depending on which site you use, the drop count varies. While the NBC Sports NW article says Metcalf had seven drops, Stats.com officially lists Metcalf with five. The other issue for DK was his three lost fumbles, with one returned for a touchdown, another one leading to a touchdown, and one that was frankly just a great play by Jaquiski Tartt near the goal line.
So it’ll soon be time for DK to hit the jugs machine, one-handed grabs, and whatever else can make him a better receiver.
One of the things I’ve liked about Metcalf is that he genuinely seems to want to put in the work to become as good as player as he can be. This seems like an obvious and mandatory trait to have, but not everyone actually makes the effort to do so (and this applies across all sports).
What we saw in 2019 was extremely encouraging given all the question marks about his game, and if he makes a big leap in 2020 then the league is officially on notice.