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|When Russell Wilson was traded to Denver, Metcalf felt far more likely to retain his value based on the 235-pounder's physical style of play, allowing him to take short passes and power through defensive backs. For the most part, that bore fruit. Metcalf set career highs in targets (141) and receptions (90) while topping 1,000 yards for the second time in four NFL campaigns. The only blemish was watching his touchdown total get cut in half, from 12 in 2021 to six, which was a personal low.
One negative trend that began in Wilson's final year also continued, as Metcalf's yards per catch fell from 12.9 to 11.6 after dropping down from 15.7 in 2020. He simply hasn't been as involved in the downfield passing game and is becoming more of a chain mover. Perhaps that will change now that Seattle added Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who dramatically upgrades the depth of the receiver room -- to that point, Marquise Goodwin finished third among the team's wideouts with just 27 catches.
While there are some unknowns with Metcalf, he has fewer than his running mates. At 25, he's in his prime, and his physical style is nearly impossible to fully neutralize. As Seattle's No. 1 receiver, Metcalf is either a low-end WR1 or a very strong WR2 with top-10 upside.
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