RENTON, Wash. — Entering his second NFL season, DK Metcalf not only wanted to keep making spectacular plays, but also make the spectacular seem routine.
Metcalf wants to avoid the kind of lapses that happened occasionally in his rookie year, like in the second-to-last regular season game of 2019, when the Arizona Cardinals held him without a catch for the only time in his short pro career.
As Metcalf prepares for redemption against the Cardinals and perennial standout cornerback Patrick Peterson — who shadowed him in the Seahawks' dreary loss last December — he is well on his way to giving the most powerful of stiff arms to any concerns of inconsistency.
In fact, through the first five games of the NFL season, there has been no more consistent receiver than Metcalf — he is the only player in the league who has at least 90 yards receiving in every game (92 or more, to be exact) in catching 22 passes for 496 yards, 99.2 yards per game, second in the NFL only to Arizona's DeAndre Hopkins (100.2).
If he does it again Sunday, he will become only the fifth player in NFL history to have 90 or more yards receiving in each of the first six games of the season.
To put that into even more personal perspective, Metcalf topped the 90-yard mark only once last season — when he had 123 in an overtime game against Tampa Bay.
Not that Metcalf should be expected to get 90 yards receiving every game — consider once more that the NFL record for average receiving yards per game for a career is 96 by Julio Jones, the only player in history with an average of 90 yards or more per game.
There will inevitably be drop-offs — if hopefully no more drops like what is the only blemish on Metcalf's season: the fumble that cost him a touchdown against Dallas.
But the numbers indicate that Metcalf — who is still just 22 years old — is taking the step forward that everyone with the Seahawks hoped he could in his second NFL season.
Why has it happened?