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Thursday Round-Up: DK Metcalf Learning & Growing On NFL Journey 

Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf inches closer to history in 2023. 


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, September 14— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf’s 36th career-score was overshadowed in Seattle’s 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but heading into this week's matchup against the Detroit Lions, Metcalf looks ahead as a leader, who happens to be on a historic path.

In the second quarter of Sunday's home loss, Metcalf beat Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick off the line-of-scrimmage for a redzone score, his first of the season. The 36th touchdown in Metcalf's five-year career tied for No. 6 on Seattle's all-time receiving touchdowns list with Daryl Turner. Now, the Ole Miss alum is just a score shy of tying Joey Galloway (37) for No. 5 on the franchise's all-time list.

In 2022, Metcalf notched a career-high 90 receptions, along with his second-career 1,000-yard season (1,048). The talented 6-foot-4 wideout was named to ESPN’s 25-under-25 list last November after a fast start to his career. Metcalf joined Galloway, Randy Moss, A.J. Green and Michael Thomas as the only wideouts in league history to record at least 50 receptions, 900 yards and 5 touchdowns in each of their first four seasons. But the budding star has also plays with a lot of passion, and on Sunday that led to a taunting penalty late in the game. After Sunday’s game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll discussed the conversation he had with his star wideout.

"DK and I talked for a long time last night about [how] that's not what we can allow to happen because that means that they can control him and get after him," said Carroll. "So, he has to elevate above that. So it's a challenge. This is nothing new. DK's been an emotional, feisty, fiery player since the day he got here, and that is who he is. But he has to also manage that so they don't take advantage of it." 

The summer brought lofty expectations for Seattle, but the season opened with a disappointing loss. Metcalf reflected on starting the season off on the wrong foot and moving forward as a unit. 

"Only thing that makes it difficult," said Metcalf. "I believe that we had expectations of what we wanted to be or what we wanted to look like and that wasn't what transpired. The only thing I can say is, it was a good thing that it happened Week 1. A quick wake-up call that any Sunday you can get beat. There's a lot of teams out there, everybody is fighting for one goal. Just easy to get back to work and just happy it happened Week 1. That it's not lingering around like Week 8 or Week 10, where we really have to have an inner check of who we really want to be. We got that knockout punch early, we're going to get back up and just keep fighting." 

Metcalf kept the particulars of his conversation with Carroll private, but alluded that the message had sunk in. 

"That's between me and Pete," said Metcalf. "But the gist of the message was that I'm a target now and I've got to carry myself as such and not continue to hurt the team. That's what I'm going to do." 

In addition to regular-season dominance, the 25 year old has been just as dominant in the postseason. In four-career playoff contests, Metcalf has scored five touchdowns, along with 26 receptions for 451 yards. As a focal point of Seattle's offense, Metcalf is just scratching the surface of his potential. The ability to maintain focus on his dominant game can help Seattle get their young season back on track.

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