In just his second year in the league, DK Metcalf already sits among the leading receivers in the NFL. In every category, Metcalf hangs in the top ten, sometimes breaking the top five. He is already approaching the franchise single-season receiving record for the Seattle Seahawks, but he has his sights set beyond that.
“I got to start small,” DK Metcalf said about his career goals as a wide receiver. “[I have to] start with [Steve] Largent’s record and then hopefully move on up to Calvin [Johnson]’s [NFL] record.”
Steve Largent currently holds the record for most single-season receiving yards for the Seattle Seahawks. With one week left in the 2020 season, DK Metcalf is just five yards short of that record. Largent’s 1,287 receiving yards from 1985 holds the top spot, but Metcalf should break it next week.
Calvin Johnson’s record, however, might be a little bit tougher to reach. In 2012, Johnson racked up a whopping 1,964 receiving yards. That means he averaged over 100 receiving yards a game… on the Detroit Lions. While Johnson did play on the Lions team that went 0-16 in 2008, their 2012 squad had a bit more talent.
After drafting Matthew Stafford in 2009, the Lions began to see a bit more success and Calvin Johnson began to get some better looks. However, in the 2012 season where he set the record, the Lions only won four games.
DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks Playoff Route
With their 20-15 win over the Washington Football Team last week, the Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West division. DK Metcalf had a relatively tame night in that game, tallying only five catches for 43 yards. None-the-less, he finished as the leading receiver for the Seahawks.
Tomorrow, they will face off against the San Fransisco 49ers. The Seahawks don’t have too much reason to keep their starters in for this game, expect them to allow DK Metcalf to break the receiving record before pulling and resting him for the playoffs.