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Seahawks WR Metcalf Says He’s Ready for Bigger and Better in 2020

Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf had an outstanding rookie season. But not everyone was convinced he could play the part, which is why he fell to the end of the NFL draft’s second round, where the Seahawks traded up to take him, Adam Jude of the Seattle Times reports.
Metcalf looked and played the part of a budding superstar as a rookie, quickly emerging as Seattle’s No. 2 receiver and posting 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 regular-season games. A few weeks after his 22nd birthday, he then set an NFL rookie playoff record with 160 yards receiving in the Seahawks’ first-round playoff victory at Philadelphia.

“Just showing everyone what I already knew I could do,” Metcalf said in a phone interview Friday afternoon. He is in Miami this week of Sunday’s Super Bowl to promote his work with Panini NFL trading cards. On Friday, he was among a group of NFL players to participate in a skills camp for kids hosted by Panini.

Reflecting on his rookie season, Metcalf said he was most proud that he was able to play in all 18 games for the Seahawks, a year after a cervical neck fracture at Ole Miss in October 2018 ended his college career and threatened to prematurely end his football career period.

“Just going out there and playing every game and being able to play as many snaps as I needed to, knowing I had the injury history in college,” he said.

“It’s a mountain I’m still climbing,” he added. “I haven’t reached the peak, and that peak is still 10, 15 years from now. But I’m just trying to enjoy the moment, because I know football can be taken away from you at any point in time. Ever since the neck injury, each moment I have with football — being in the weight room, being around my teammates — I just try to enjoy as much as I can. And I want to give back as much as I can.”

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