Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf working out in L.A.

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Quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin developed a strong partnership over seven years in the Seahawks offense, but Wilson won’t be able to rely on Baldwin this season as the wideout has retired from the NFL.

It’s hard to envision Wilson forging that kind of relationship with rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf right off the bat, but the two players are doing what they can to ensure they’re on the same wavelength come the start of the regular season. Wilson and Metcalf have both posted videos from workouts at UCLA this week with Wilson captioning his “just the beginning” in reference to things to come with the second-round pick.

Metcalf’s video shows him running an out and comes with the caption “something besides a go.” That references the concern that Metcalf was a one-trick pony coming out of Ole Miss and, as noted in June, Wilson said at the end of offseason work that he’d already seen more to the rookie’s game.

“Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that,” Wilson said. “You guys have been talking about that for months, but I think more than anything else, it’s his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He’s really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He’s a legit pro wide receiver. He’s everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he’s capable of and more.”

Metcalf’s work also earned positive reviews from Pete Carroll this spring and earning Wilson’s trust this summer should lead to plenty of opportunities for Metcalf in the fall.

23 responses to “Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf working out in L.A.

  1. I’m excited to see what DK brings this year. While some were down on the fact that he mostly is a one-trick-pony, I was somewhat excited. I’m not an expert but Wilson throws one of the best deep balls I’ve seen over the years and I think the stats bear that out. He puts a lot of air under it and gives his receivers opportunity to run under it better than a lot of QBs (I wonder if this is even taught any more when I see some of the young QBs coming out of college throwing deep balls on a rope like they’re trying to impress scouts or something).

    My point is: if Wilson throws a great deep ball and DK can run great deep routes, with his size/speed, I think we could see some serious excitement. My only real concern is I think his jump-ball skills were not too highly rated coming out of college so that will remain to be seen.

  2. endtimesparty says:
    July 11, 2019 at 9:19 am
    You don’t see Eli Manning throwing to Sterling Shepard on the UCLA campus. What does THAT tell you?

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    They are on the East Coast????

  3. johnnymck17 says:
    July 11, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I’m excited to see what DK brings this year. While some were down on the fact that he mostly is a one-trick-pony, I was somewhat excited. I’m not an expert but Wilson throws one of the best deep balls I’ve seen over the years and I think the stats bear that out.

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    At one time, Baldwin was dubbed a one trick pony too. Takes time though.

  4. This is the kind of thing players that get along with each other do. It is not usual for 31 teams. However none of the players in Green Bay like Aaron Rodgers and the won’t work with him outside the required practices. They won’t go out to eat with him, they won’t say hi if they see him out and about.

  5. kamthechancellor says:
    July 11, 2019 at 10:13 am
    Lol…every single troll in here wanted Metcalf. Hilarious reading the armchair scouts telling us he can’t run routes now.
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    Umm, no. It’s why he dropped into the 2nd round – because GMs saw the same thing. 0 agility. WR Screen or a Go guy. Good luck!

  6. Last year’s team ended up being a pleasant surprise for most fans. All the experts predicted the team would miss the playoffs. This year the Hawks are looking to improve even more. Is it football season yet?

    Go HAWKS

  7. If Wilson relies on the rookie Metcalf too much, he may be disappointed because Metcalf has not been able to stay healthy playing football in college.

  8. First thing Metcalf has to do is learn how to stay healthy enough to play every week.

    Seattle has had difficulty keeping rookie WR’s off the injury list.

  9. My point is: if Wilson throws a great deep ball and DK can run great deep routes, with his size/speed, I think we could see some serious excitement. My only real concern is I think his jump-ball skills were not too highly rated coming out of college
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    Metcalf’s physicality was never in doubt, he fell because coaches were worried he didn’t really know how to adjust to the ball while it was in the air, but if he’s in the right place at the right time, 1 on 1 he can take on any CB in the league. And that’s a type of player Wilson has never gotten to work with. I’m not a Seahawks fan by any means, but as a football fan I’m excited to watch those two pair up.

  10. Definitely not worried about his route running abilities. More worried about his availability. If that stays high it will be a good pick! Go hawks

  11. How many routes did Randy Moss run in the route tree? How about 2 routes! He ran a 9 route Go and a slant/post route. He wasn’t running digs, deep crosses, deep outs.

    DK is bigger and just as fast. Plus, he was the 64th pick. That’s low risk, high reward.

    The question is staying healthy and on the field because RW will be out to prove naysayers wrong and will be targeting DK big time.

  12. 6-8 plays a game and 2 50 bombs per. I see nagging CJ Prosise like pulls and strains but if he can suit up for 12 out of the 16 and be a D Turner throw back to the Krieg days, it will be a successful rookie season.

  13. Some Seahawks fan already have Metcalf fitted for a HOF bust. NFL scouts apparently see him as maybe the second coming of Cordarrelle Patterson; an unusually big, fast athlete, even for the NFL, and a useful NFL player but not a HOF talent. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  14. Around Seattle, people do not say “break a leg” to football players to wish them good luck because many of them have done that, including ET, Tyler Lockett, and Thomas Rawls.

  15. I know you’re pumped but let’s just keep it under the radar. Under-promise and over-deliver…shows you’re being clever.

  16. I fully admit that I’m more excited to see DK Metcalf play and grow than probably any other offensive rookie they’ve drafted since Russ. Trying my best to keep it realistic 🙂

  17. If Wilson relies on the rookie Metcalf too much, he may be disappointed because Metcalf has not been able to stay healthy playing football in college.

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    Luckily the Seahawks have the #1 running game in the NFL. Metcalf should open those running lanes up even more…DK can have a symbiotic relationship with Chris Carson. Each does something to improve the other’s game. Safety’s can’t cheat.

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