NFL: DK Metcalf Says ‘I’m Not Trying to Be Megatron’ After Career High MNF Performance

by Thad Mitchell
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf took center stage in this week’s edition of ESPN Monday Night Football. Taking on the Philadelphia Eagles, Metcalf set personal career bests by gabbing 10 passes for 177 yards. The receiver was a dominant force against the Eagles, as the Philadelphia defense had no answers to stop him.

After the game was over, a story emerged suggesting Metcalf may have had extra motivation for his outstanding performance. Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz reportedly compared Metcalf to former NFL great Calvin Johnson. While it was meant to be a compliment, Metcalf says the coach told him he wasn’t quite Megatron yet.

“Jim Schwartz says he complimented DK before the game,” NFL Reporter John Clark says. “Told him he has got a ton of respect for him and he was with Calvin in Detroit and he’s the closet thing he has seen to Megatron. Jim told him after the game ‘You may not be Calvin, but you are on your way.’ He was complimenting @dkm14 both times.”

Metcalf Doesn’t Want to be ‘Megatron’

“Megatron” is the nickname bestowed upon Johnson during his playing time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. He is considered one of the best “pure” athletes to ever put on an NFL uniform with both incredible size and speed.

While the comparison was meant to be a compliment, Metcalf says he used it for motivation during the game. He also says he is happy being DK Metcalf and has no desire to be the new Megatron.

“In my mind, I’m not trying to be Megatron,” Metcalf says via “I’m trying to be me. I had a little chip on my shoulder the whole game.”