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Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf etched their names in Seahawks franchise annals vs. Rams

It was a history-making day for Seattle’s top two receivers.

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The Seattle Seahawks gut-wrenching loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday overshadowed what should have been some celebratory moments for two of the best receivers in team history.

I’m sure some of this has been mentioned elsewhere, but I’m going to call attention to it here.

Let’s start with Seattle’s elder statesman . . .

Tyler Lockett

No. 16 was seemingly on “a pitch count” in Sunday’s game (because of the hamstring injury that had him listed as “questionable” until just before game time). That didn’t stop him from moving up the franchise’s honor rolls though.

Lockett finished the day with 5 receptions for 51 yards which gives him 584 receptions for 7,645 yards over his 9-year, 137-game career.

Both of those career marks are No. 2 in franchise history.

Lockett had been No. 3, for a while, one spot ahead of Doug Baldwin and one spot behind Brian Blades.

Now, the only player ahead of Lockett in receiving yards and receptions is franchise-great Steve Largent who appeared in 63 more games than Lockett in a career that spanned 14 seasons.

Largent ended his Hall of Fame career with 819 receptions for 13,089 yards and 100 receiving touchdowns.

Lockett would need to play 56 more games to match/pass Largent in receptions, 98 more games to match/pass Largent in yards, and 100 more games to match/pass Largent in TDs.

Note: Those projections are based on his career-to-date pace.

Theoretically, all three of Largent’s franchise marks are within Lockett’s reach.

The question is how much longer Lockett is realistically going to play and, perhaps just as importantly, will Lockett end up playing his entire career in Seattle?

DK Metcalf

Lockett wasn’t the only one that moved up the franchise’s honor rolls on Sunday.

Coming into the game, DK Metcalf was comfortably in the franchise’s top 10 for receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

In fact, he was:

  • Tied for No. 5 in receiving touchdowns (37)
  • No. 7 in receiving yards (4,770)
  • No. 8 in receptions (341)

Metcalf was also in a 3-way tie with Steve Largent and Joey Galloway for the most touchdown receptions in a Seahawks player’s first five seasons.

This play broke the ties for receiving touchdowns:

DK now has the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history over the first five seasons of a career and is all by himself at No. 5 all-time.

The touchdown list wasn’t the only one that DK climbed on Sunday.

Metcalf finished Sunday’s game with 5 receptions for 94 yards with the final 21-yard catch accomplishing two things:

  1. It put Seattle within field goal range (even though it didn’t work out); and
  2. It gave DK 4,864 receiving yards for his career, which is 5 yards more than Bobby Engram had (in Seattle) and moves DK up to No. 6 in franchise history.

Next up for DK:

  • 53 receptions will tie him with Engram at No. 7
  • He needs 1,581 yards to catch Darrell Jackson at No. 5
  • 9 receiving touchdowns will tie him with Jackson at No. 4, and 11 TDs would tie him with Doug Baldwin at No. 3

A couple more “fun facts” about Mr. Metcalf:

  • DK’s average of 64.9 receiving yards per game is No. 3 in franchise history, 0.5 yards per game behind Largent, and 2.2 yards behind Jackson.
  • At 4.6 receptions per game, DK is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (with Jackson); T.J. Houshmandzadeh is No. 1 at 4.9 receptions per game.

As Mookie is fond of saying, “No, DK isn’t going to get traded.”

Go Hawks!