DK Metcalf Answers Russell Wilson-less Seahawks Skeptics

DK Metcalf hears the skeptics.

Skeptics don’t motivate him.

He doesn’t care about skeptics.

“No, I had to learn to stop allowing outside noise or outside people to be motivating myself or the team, because people are going to talk, regardless,” the 24-year-old receiver said Thursday.

Four days passed before his friend and older brother Russell Wilson showed up in his Denver Broncos to meet the Metcalf’s Seahawks for the season opener at Lumen Field.

It’s a season in which the Las Vegas odds-makers listed the Seahawks’ win at 5 1/2. This is what happens to what people think about a team Wilson Trades And the Six times cut professional midfielder Bobby Wagner in the same day.

Metcalf is not affected by perception. he is with Gino Smith, Wilson’s successor As quarterback Seattle to start this season.

“Whether we have Ross or we don’t have Ross, whether we have Bobby or we don’t have Bobby, whatever the case is, I think a lot of people outside of this building have a lot to say,” Metcalf said.

“But the only thing that matters is us, because we train with each other. We have to deal with each other on a daily basis.

“A lot of people will be surprised by what we’re going to do this year.”

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DK Metcalf, the wide receiver of the Seattle Seahawks, reviews his surroundings during day one of training camp at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on July 27, 2022. Claire Grant cgrant@thenewstribune.com

Metcalfe, Russell Wilson are still good friends

Wilson invited Metcalf to his casual homes in Mexico and Southern California for long weeks together in recent offseason seasons. They lifted weights. They ran. They talked about families and life.

Wilson even taught Metcalfe to swim on one of those trips, In Mexico before the 2020 season.

From afar, Wilson said he is still close to Metcalfe.

“I mean, I still talk to DK a lot every week,” Wilson said Thursday from the Broncos facility outside Denver.

Metcalf still calls Wilson “brother.”

“Well, I thank him for everything he taught me while he was here,” said Metcalfe. “But I know this is a business and it was a business decision for him and on the team’s end for him to move forward.

Same with Bobby. I still talk to them regularly, maybe once a week.

“But like I said, it’s just a business decision. I took my feelings out of it. We’re still good friends, and we’re still brothers at the end of the day.”

But Metcalfe didn’t do what his Seattle teammate Tyler Lockett did earlier this week: saying Seahawks fans should cheer Wilson, not boo Monday nights at Lumen Field, per number 3 for franchise and town.

“I’m not a fan,” Metcalfe said. “So no, I don’t care.”

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) makes a pass from quarterback Jeno Smith (7) while Shaquille Griffin defends the Jacksonville Jaguars (26) during the second quarter of an NFL game Sunday at Lumen Field in Seattle. Metcalfe will score in the play. Caster House pcaster@thenewstribune.com

Broncos Patrick Sertin, Justin Simmons vs. Metcalfe

One more thing, Metcalfe, who played en masse in Mississippi, isn’t interested in getting into this opener against the Broncos.

He studies and relates to Denver’s defensive appearance.

“Yes, they have a talented high school,” Metcalfe said. “Surtain was really good. I played against him in his freshman year. And (Justin) Simmons is a safe place as well. Another safety is Cream (Jackson), which is also founded.

“They have a veteran sub that will give us a challenge up front as well as the back end, so we’re just looking to take that challenge head-on and see what we can do when we catch the ball.”

Simmons said Denver’s focus is on stopping head coach Pete Carroll’s Rashad Penny and Seattle game he wants to re-establish with the 2022 Seahawks. Simmons said that would give the Broncos better conditions secondary to covering Metcalf and fellow Seahawks receiving Tyler Lockett.

“Seattle runs that ball really well. It helps set up the playing path. We should be able to stop the running,” Simmons told reporters in Colorado on Thursday. “DK and Lockett, they are the best at running those two-man roads, maybe Offshore or on par with (Adam Minnesota) Thelin and Justin Jefferson.

“They’re doing a good job finding ways to open up. We’ve seen that for many years and everyone knows that to go out there you have to take the big plays with DK and Lockett. Then, somehow, somehow, they always find a way to squeeze the shot. That’s going to be a challenge. Us in high school.”

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) prepares for the NFL football game against the Houston Texans, on Sunday, December 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo / Eric Christian Smith) Eric Christian Smith AP

Monday will be the first NFL game of the regular season that Metcalfe plays against Denver. The Seahawks met the last of the Broncos for real in the first week of the 2018 season, losing 27-24 to Seattle in Denver September 9, 2018.

This weekend, Metcalfe was shooting seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in Ole Miss’s 76-41 on-track victory at home over Southern Illinois at Oxford.

Does that mean he was studying an extra movie to try and figure out the Sirtain match on Monday night?

“No,” Metcalf said emphatically. “I don’t really think about the DB, because they have to guard me, at the end of the day.”

Greg Bell is a Seahawks writer and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019, he was named Washington State’s Best Sports Writer by the National Sports Media Association. Covering the NFL began in 2002 when the Oakland Raiders beat the writer of The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native started covering the Seahawks in the first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a previous life he graduated from West Point and worked as a tactical intelligence officer in the US Army, so he might ask you to drop him and give him a 10.