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Friday Round-Up: Michael Bumpus Calls Seahawks WR Corps Best In NFC West On 710 ESPN's 'Danny & Gallant'

The analyst and former Seahawks wideout compares the Seahawks receiving corps to those of our division rivals, and also talks about the impact of fans returning to stadiums for the upcoming season.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, May 28 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Michael Bumpus Talks Seahawks WR Corps With 710 ESPN's 'Danny & Gallant'

The NFC West has no shortage of star power, and the wide receiver position is no exception. The Arizona Cardinals added former All-Pro A.J. Green this offseason to go alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. The Los Angeles Rams made a similar move, adding the veteran DeSean Jackson to flank the ever-reliable duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. The 49ers bring back the talented and young tandem of Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, along with tight end George Kittle, who had back-to-back All-Pro seasons before missing eight games in 2020.

All of that is in addition to the Seahawks' talented receiving corps, which features the record-breaking duo of D.K. Metcalf (83 rec., 1,303 yards and 10 TD in 2020) and Tyler Lockett (100 rec., 1,054 yards and 10 TD). The Seahawks also selected WR D'Wayne Eskridge with one of their three draft picks this year, and signed former Rams TE Gerald Everett as another weapon in the passing game.

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Earlier this week, Michael Bumpus chatted with 710 ESPN's 'Danny & Gallant' about why he thinks Metcalf and Lockett give the Seahawks the edge over the rest of the division, and also talks about the impact fans will have when they return to NFL stadiums this upcoming season. You can listen to the full podcast episode here — below are some highlights:

On impact of fans:

"It's definitely going to have an effect. I watched the Knicks play the other day and the energy that that crowd brought — I almost forgot what it was like to have fans in the arenas and in the stadiums. It's definitely going to have an impact on the game. What do fans do? They motivate guys to play out of their minds once or twice a year. They feed into all that energy … Especially here in Seattle. They make defenses jump offsides. I was at every home game last year. It was just weird, man."

On what makes the Seahawks WR corps the best in the division:

"Every team has its strengths when it comes to the receiving corps. And I try not to be biased, I try not to say, 'Oh, I'm just going to go with the Seahawks because we live in Seattle, we cover the Seahawks.' But I'm looking at it — just with DK and Lockett alone, I think these guys are the best receiving corps in the division … I'm going to go with the Seattle Seahawks because of what DK and Lockett can do. And I think Eskridge can do his best David Moore impression his first year. You get anything more than 30 receptions and 400 yards out of that guy, that's a win."

DK Metcalf Welcomes NFL Challengers On The Track In 'NFL Total Access' Interview

After competing in the USATF Golden Games earlier this month, DK Metcalf is open to running against any NFL players who want to test their speed against him. Metcalf joined Rhett Lewis of NFL Total Access this week to talk about the Golden Games experience, and spoke about why he's looking forward to playing under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldon.

Metcalf said he would run the anchor leg on a theoretical team of NFL 4 x 100 relay sprinters, but wouldn't name who those teammates might be. "I don't want to disrespect anyone or anyone's speed in the NFL, but if I get knocked out of the top four fastest in the NFL, then by all means, go ahead," he said. "But if anybody else wants to come out there along with me for the next couple years and test your speed on the track, by all means, come on."

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