D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #14
Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #14
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D.K. Metcalf News

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

Sits out another session

Metcalf (foot/back) was held out of Thursday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Metcalf has logged more time away from the practice field in recent weeks, primarily due to a nagging foot injury, but a back issue showed up this time around. The pair of health concerns have kept him sidelined, so Friday's injury report will be notable for his status heading into the weekend. With Tyler Lockett's (undisclosed) placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and reserves Freddy Swain (ankle/personal) and Dee Eskridge (foot) also missing from practice, the Seahawks' receiving corps is in flux during Week 15 prep.

Dec 16, 2021 5:13 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

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

Analysis: Metcalf has been dealing with a lingering foot injury since Week 4, and a back issue now has paired with it to keep the wide receiver out of drills to begin Week 15 prep. Despite his health being compromised, he's been able to power through on game days, but his production has waned since the Seahawks' bye. In five games in the interim, Metcalf has reeled in just 17 of 36 targets for 173 yards and no TDs, which followed a 39-580-8 line on 56 targets through the first eight contests of the season. Per usual, his status will be one to watch to make sure he's trending toward active status Sunday against the Rams in L.A.

Dec 15, 2021 4:22 PM EST

Rings up just 43 yards

Metcalf caught four of eight targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Metcalf and quarterback Russell Wilson haven't been on the same page this season, as the third-year wideout has posted 60 or fewer yards in six straight games while failing to find the end zone in five of those contests. Still, he has been targeted eight times in four of the past five games, so the opportunities should convert into production soon. Metcalf could be shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Week 15 against the Rams, though.

Dec 12, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Set to play Sunday

Metcalf (foot/illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Houston, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Metcalf actually missed practice twice this week, but his absence Thursday likely was attributed to an illness versus the foot injury that has lingered for most of the campaign. Now that he's cleared for game action, he'll look to get back on track versus a Texans defense that has given up 8.8 yards per target (seventh most in the NFL) and 11 TDs (18th most) to wide receivers in 12 contests this season.

Dec 10, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Comes down with illness

Metcalf (foot) missed Thursday's practice with an illness, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Metcalf already has logged one DNP this week due to the foot injury that has followed him for much of the campaign, which typically is the extent of his weekly practice limitations. With an illness in tow, he fortunately has time to put it behind him in advance of Sunday's game at Houston, but his status should continue to be watched to get a sense of his availability for Week 14.

Dec 9, 2021 4:18 PM EST

DNP on Wednesday

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

Analysis: Since coming down with a foot injury during Week 4 action, Metcalf has logged one session with limited or no activity per week, but it hasn't stopped him from being available on game days. As a result, he'll likely be listed as full upon the release of Thursday's practice report. Metcalf has had stated performances since Russell Wilson returned to action Week 10, hauling in 13 of 28 targets for 130 yards and one touchdowns over the last four contests.

Dec 8, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Five grabs against Niners

Metcalf caught five of eight targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 30-23 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: He tied Tyler Lockett for the team lead in targets, but Metcalf didn't do as much with the volume as his teammate. It was still his best performance in four games since Seattle's bye, and with Russell Wilson also showing signs of rounding back into form, Metcalf could be primed for a breakout in Week 14 against the Texans.

Dec 5, 2021 9:11 PM EST

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