D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #14
Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #14

D.K. Metcalf News

Not present for minicamp

Metcalf (foot) isn't present for the start of Seahawks' mandatory minicamp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that Metcalf continues to rehab from a surgically repaired left foot in Los Angeles while Seattle begins mandatory minicamp. The star wideout is entering the final year of his rookie deal and may be displeased with the lack of an extension, but his presence at voluntary workouts in May suggests otherwise. Regardless, even if he was present, Metcalf likely wouldn't be able to practice anyways, so the ramifications of his absence remain unclear to this point.

Jun 7, 2022 11:31 AM EST

Ditches walking boot

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Saturday that Metcalf is no longer using a walking boot to protect his surgically repaired left foot, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Carroll also noted that Metcalf has resumed running, though presumably not yet at 100 percent speed after he underwent foot surgery in February. The 24-year-old is expected to continue his rehab into the spring, so he may not be fully cleared before OTAs come to an end. Metcalf should be at or near full strength by training camp in late July if not minicamp in mid-June, when he and Tyler Lockett will headline a new-look Seattle passing game that will be helmed by a yet-to-be-determined starter following Russell Wilson's move to Denver earlier in the offseason. The Seahawks didn't add to the position group through the draft over the weekend, tentatively leaving Drew Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason to compete for the starting job.

May 2, 2022 2:23 PM EST

No extension talks yet

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks haven't directly addressed the issue of a new contract for Metcalf, who showed up for the start of the voluntary offseason program while continuing his rehab from foot surgery, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: It wouldn't have been a surprise if Metcalf hadn't reported, considering he's rehabbing from surgery and oft-mentioned in trade rumors as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. He'll likely miss spring practices after foot surgery this winter, but the 24-year-old wideout should be ready for training camp and Week 1

Apr 21, 2022 1:10 PM EST

Extension not yet being discussed

Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday when asked about a potential contract extension for Metcalf (foot) "we have not gotten to that topic yet specifically because we've got so many other things going on," Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Metcalf is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and with longtime franchise leader Russell Wilson having been traded to the Broncos, Seattle's roster is no doubt facing a transition to a new era. Carroll did say that the Seahawks "intend for [Metcalf] to be with us" for the long-term, but at least in the early stages of the offseason, it appears that extending the 2019 second-round pick hasn't ranked atop the team's list of priorities. Per Condotta, Carroll appeared to indicate that extensions will be dealt with after the free agency period has completely run its course. For the time being Drew Lock stands atop the depth chart, but it seems likely that Seattle will add more options to the quarterback room via trade, free agency, or April's draft, in which the team holds the No. 9 overall pick.

Mar 29, 2022 6:58 AM EST

QB downgrade in contract year

Metcalf (foot) will likely have a downgrade at quarterback in 2022 after the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Metcalf took a step back last year but still managed to post a 75-967-12 line through 17 games despite dealing with a lingering foot injury for most of the season. Head coach Pete Carroll said last week that Metcalf underwent a minor offseason procedure in February to remove a screw from his left foot, but the 24-year-old wideout should be good to go for training camp, if not OTAs. The bigger concern is the changing of the guard at quarterback and the Seahawks' commitment to a rebuild. Metcalf had a strong connection with Wilson, recording 3,170 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns through his first three NFL seasons. Now, Drew Lock -- who has a career 6.7 YPA and a 59.3 completion percentage -- is seemingly the top QB in Seattle for now, though the Seahawks will likely pick a QB in the draft or bring one in via trade or free agency. Metcalf may have the pedigree to overcome a severe downgrade at QB, but this likely isn't the type of turbulence he wanted in his contract season.

Mar 9, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Foot procedure clarified

Coach Pete Carroll clarified Wednesday that Metcalf underwent a minor offseason procedure to remove a screw from his left foot, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports. "They fixed a surgery that he had on his foot a couple of years back," Carroll noted of the wideout, whose practice reps were managed last season as he dealt with a lingering foot issue. "They just had to go in there and adjust some stuff in his foot. It bothered him all year long."

Analysis: Though the report doesn't specify when the 2019 second-rounder will be able work fully on the field, the hope is that by addressing the issue, Metcalf will be able to practice on a regular basis this coming season. Despite his foot woes, Metcalf played all 17 of Seattle's games last season, en route to catching 75 of his 129 targets for 967 yards and career-high 12 TDs. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is set to continue to combine with Tyler Lockett in 2022 to form a talented 1-2 punch atop the team's wideout depth chart.

Mar 3, 2022 2:37 PM EST

Recovering from foot surgery

Metcalf recently had surgery to remove a screw from his left foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Metcalf told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks that he had surgery shortly after the conclusion of the 2021 season and was on track to conclude his rehab process around mid-March. While he didn't specify, it's likely the screw he had removed in January initially was inserted back in 2016 when the wideout suffered a season-ending foot injury at Ole Miss. He missed a lot of practice time in 2021 with the left foot popping up as an issue again, but Metcalf doesn't think it had too much impact on his performance, nor does he sound especially worried about the rehab process impacting his preparation for 2022. He did have a disappointing 2021 campaign by most standards, albeit with a dozen touchdowns to soften the blow of 336 fewer receiving yards than the previous year.

Feb 15, 2022 7:22 AM EST

Inefficient with 11 targets

Metcalf caught five passes for 58 yards on 11 targets against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Metcalf generally struggled against the Cardinals the last two years while fellow wideout Tyler Lockett posted big numbers in that same span, so it seems safe to say that there's something in Arizona's defensive approach that makes things more difficult for Metcalf. The entire 2021 season has been more difficult for Metcalf, who played a bit nicked up at several points and otherwise dealt with both injury and general dysfunction at quarterback this year. He finishes with 75 receptions for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns on 129 targets, which is a catch rate of 58.1 percent at 7.5 yards per target -- a huge dropoff from his 2020 season, when he caught 64.3 percent of his targets at 10.1 yards per target. Despite the difficulties of 2021, Metcalf is still clearly a unique talent capable of elite fantasy production. Whether he's in a good spot to do so in 2022 will depend on what Seattle does with their quarterback and coaching situations. It probably wouldn't be good for Metcalf if Russell Wilson left Seattle, but a coaching change could bring a more favorable system to the offense. Metcalf's situation is an interesting one to watch.

Jan 9, 2022 5:16 PM EST

Full practice Thursday

Metcalf (foot) practiced in full Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: After his typical practice limitations to begin the week, Metcalf was able to handle every rep Thursday. His foot injury hasn't impacted his ability to play on game days, and he's back to being a TD fiend, as evidenced by four scores on his eight catches over the last two contests.

Jan 6, 2022 4:27 PM EST

Begins week with limited practice

Metcalf (foot) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Metcalf has righted the ship the past two games, gathering in eight of 14 passes for 104 yards and four touchdowns. His score Week 16 against the Bears put an end to a six-game TD-less streak, and with 12 on the season he's set a new career high in the category. But Metcalf again is dealing with the foot issue that has impacted his practice reps for a good portion of the campaign. He'll aim to ditch the designation by the release of Friday's injury report.

Jan 5, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Scores three touchdowns

Metcalf caught six passes for 63 yards and three touchdowns on nine targets against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: The Detroit defense just didn't have the secondary personnel to counter the size/speed threat posed by Metcalf, and he was the main pass-catching beneficiary on a day where the Seahawks scored 51 points. Metcalf's fantasy investors generally needed a game like this a month or two ago, but it's obvious enough that his struggles mostly had to do with Russell Wilson's finger injury. A formidable Arizona defense awaits in Week 18, but hopefully this game helps get Metcalf and Wilson back on rhythm.

Jan 2, 2022 5:09 PM EST

Puts in full practice Thursday

Metcalf (foot) practiced fully Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: After kicking off Week 17 prep with no on-field reps Wednesday, Metcalf handled all of them one day later. His maintenance plan has allowed him to suit up for every game this season, but the results have been tepid since the Seahawks' Week 9 bye. Over the last seven contests, Metcalf has put together a modest 25-266-1 line on 53 targets.

Dec 30, 2021 4:18 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Metcalf (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: As he has for much of the season, Metcalf is kicking off Week 17 prep with practice limitations. The trend may continue into Thursday and even Friday, but he likely isn't in danger of missing the first game of his three-year career Sunday against the Lions. In seven outings since Russell Wilson returned to the lineup, Metcalf has hauled in just 25 of 53 targets for 266 yards. Fortunately for his managers, he scored his first touchdown since Week 8 this past Sunday versus the Bears.

Dec 29, 2021 4:27 PM EST

Returns to end zone Sunday

Metcalf caught two of five targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: It was another low-volume performance for Metcalf, but he did manage to score his first TD since Week 8 by hauling in a 41-yard strike from Russell Wilson in the first quarter. Metcalf hasn't topped 60 receiving yards in eight straight games, giving him little momentum heading into a Week 17 clash with the Lions, but he needs 146 yards over the Seahawks' last two contests for his second straight 1,000-yard season.

Dec 26, 2021 5:04 PM EST

No injury designation

Metcalf (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bears, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: As expected, with Metcalf limited by the injury in practice but still handling full workloads each Sunday. While his weekly ceiling remains sky-high, Metcalf is now at six consecutive games with no touchdown and 60 yards or less.

Dec 24, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Another limited practice

Metcalf (foot) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Metcalf has opened Week 16 prep with back-to-back capped sessions. Practice limitations have become the norm for the third-year wide receiver since he sustained a foot injury sometime around Week 4. He still managed a 93 percent share of offensive snaps Tuesday against the Rams en route to 12 targets, but those numbers could take a hit with the Seahawks activating Tyler Lockett (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. No matter, Russell Wilson seems poised to have Lockett and Metcalf at his disposal Sunday versus the Bears, assuming the latter is available to the Seahawks offense.

Dec 23, 2021 4:12 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Metcalf (foot) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per usual, the Seahawks continue to manage Metcalf's activity level due to the foot injury he's been tending to since Week 4. Despite it all, he earned a season-high 12 targets Tuesday against the Rams, but the elevated workload only amounted to six catches for 52 yards. Assuming he gets out of Week 16 prep without a designation, Metcalf will take on the Bears' fourth-ranked pass defense (205.4 yards per game) Sunday.

Dec 22, 2021 3:00 PM EST

Sees 12 targets in loss

Metcalf (foot/back) had six receptions (12 targets) for 52 yards in Tuesday's 20-10 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: With fellow starting wideout Tyler Lockett (illnesses) out of action, Metcalf drew the attention of shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey for the majority of the contest. Netting 52 yards on a 50 percent catch rate isn't a horrible result when factoring in the tough matchup, but it also doesn't stand out from a recent string of poor performances either. After a strong start to the season, the 23-year-old has failed to either top 60 yards or score a touchdown since Seattle's Week 9 bye. Metcalf will get another attempt to deliver on least one of those modest goals in a Week 16 matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

Dec 21, 2021 7:53 PM EST

Cleared for Tuesday's game

Metcalf (foot/back) was a Brady Henderson of ESPN.com in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Metcalf is thus in line to play Tuesday against the Rams, after the NFL announced earlier Friday that the Seattle-Los Angeles matchup would be pushed back two days due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Rams organization. The two-day delay should have the benefit of providing additional healing time for Metcalf, even though he was never in major jeopardy of sitting out had the game been played Sunday. At this stage, the bigger question is whether Seattle will have fellow wideout Tyler Lockett (illness) available for Week 15, after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday due to a positive test. If Lockett can't clear the necessary protocols in time for Tuesday's game, Metcalf would be locked in as quarterback Russell Wilson's clear top target.

Dec 17, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Seahawks-Rams moved to Tuesday

Metcalf (foot/back) and the Seahawks will no longer play the Rams on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. The two-day delay could also provide sufficient time for Metcalf to heal up from the pair of injuries that kept him from practicing Wednesday and Thursday. If he gains clearance from his injuries ahead of Tuesday's game and if Tyler Lockett (illness) isn't reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Metcalf could be locked in as quarterback Russell Wilson's clear top target Week 15.

Dec 17, 2021 1:27 PM EST

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