Good morning, 12s. Happy June! Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, June 1 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
DK Metcalf Joins NFL Network's 'NFL Total Access'
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf has shined on and off the field since being drafted in 2019. In two seasons, the Ole Miss product has 141 receptions for 2,203 yards and 17 touchdowns while playing all 32 games. Metcalf has also shown up on the big stage with 16 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns in three career playoff games.
His impact has been just as felt off the field. Metcalf donated $50,000 to COVID relief last year and sold "Decaf Metcalf" coffee while donating the proceeds to various charities, to name just two of his generous acts.
Last week, Metcalf joined NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" to discuss his preparation for the 100-meter dash, how he fits in the Seahawks' new offense with Shane Waldron and the famed Budda Baker tackle. He also talked about which NFL players would join him on a relay team and what it's like to join the Gatorade family of athletes.
You can watch the full video below, but here are some of the highlights:
On how he mentally prepared for his 100-meter dash:
"It's just a mindset. When I accepted the challenge over Twitter, I wasn't going to back down from it or just halfway do it. I was going to give it my all and that's exactly what I did."
On his potential in a new offensive system with Shane Waldron:
"Just sitting in the meetings and hearing his offensive scheme that he's going to bring to Seattle is going to be very exciting. I can't wait to get to training camp just to see these plays come to action."
On joining the family of Gatorade-sponsored athletes:
"Like you said, the list (of athletes with Gatorade) is elite. It's a blessing just to come alongside some great athletes -- past and present. It's going to be a great marriage, not a partnership. I'm just happy to be a part of it."
Next Gen Stats Ranks Russell Wilson Among NFL's Best Deep Passers
One of Russell Wilson's greatest strengths is his deep ball passes. He always seems to be able to flick his wrist and just drop passes perfectly in his receivers' arms. That pass was on display last season early and often, including his 51-yard playoff touchdown pass to DK Metcalf against the Rams.
NFL.com writer Nick Shook took notice of Wilson's long-ball prowess last week while ranking the top 10 deep passers of 2020. Wilson slotted in at No. 8 in the league as Shook used a combination of Next Gen Stats to fill out his list. Here's what he wrote about Russ:
"No one was more productive on the scoring front when going deep than Wilson, as he led the league in deep passing touchdowns with 13. Four of those came on the run, which was an NFL-best in such scenarios. Wilson initially landed ninth on this list, but we've bumped him up a place to give him the credit he deserves for his continued excellence. He has been the top downfield passer in the NFL since the advent of the Next Gen Stats era in 2016, leading the league in passing yards (5,369), passing touchdowns (56), completions (156) and attempts (378) in that span. He's also one of just two quarterbacks (joining Matthew Stafford) with a completion percentage over expectation of +3 or better in each of the last four seasons. While he wasn't the best when going deep in 2020, he's been the top dog since we started tracking these advanced metrics a few years ago."
Social Post Of The Day
Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett with a serious and thoughtful message about the importance of mental health:
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