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Is D.K. Metcalf Already an Elite NFL Receiver?

In the Seattle Seahawks 28-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last night, wide receiver D.K. Metcalf caught a 25-yard touchdown on a broken play. Metcalf recognized that his quarterback, Russell Wilson, was looking for each and every avenue to get the ball to an open receiver, so he decided to book it to the corner of the end-zone.

That recognition by Metcalf shows that he is truly starting to become an elite NFL receiver. I know that is just one play, but the opinion people had that Metcalf was a one-trick pony can be put to rest. He has shown on numerous occasions this season how explosive and great of a wideout he really is. And right now, Metcalf is currently third in the league in receiving yards with 862.

You have seen it, I have seen it, we all have seen it. I can put Twitter clips in this post forever. But the point is, Metcalf is nearing elite level in this league. Is he there yet? I’d say no. He needs to fine tune some of his game to get into that tier of the Davante Adams, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins’ in the league.

Like really, could you imagine any of those three guys (Adams, Jones, and Hopkins) not making this touchdown grab?

And yes, obviously those top guys make mistakes once in a while. We are all human. But those mistakes definitely come less frequently then say Metcalf, who has only been in the NFL for over a year and a half.

There are so many good, young receivers in this league, but Metcalf has to be atop the list. His physical traits make him the closets thing to Calvin Johnson since the former Detroit Lion retired way back in 2016. And if Metcalf is able to make more improvements from his sophomore to junior NFL season, the league could be in a lot more trouble than it already is.

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– Jarrod Ribaudo (@jarrod_ribaudo)

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