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RENTON, Wash. — DK Metcalf was impossible to miss during the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason program.

Of the 10 practices between rookie minicamp, organized team activities and veteran minicamp that were open to reporters, not one went by without Metcalf making a head-turning play or two. He beat defenders off the line of scrimmage, and he made outstretched catches in traffic over the middle and leaping ones down the sideline. He got lots of work with quarterback Russell Wilson and the No. 1 offense.

All while wearing a hooded sweatshirt that obscured his massive biceps.

DK Metcalf came into his pre-draft interview with Seattle with his shirt off after a scout talked him into it.

Pete Carroll was shocked so he took his off too

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— ESPN (@espn) April 27, 2019
Leading up to and immediately after the NFL draft, in which the Seahawks traded up to take Metcalf with the final pick of the second round, he was perhaps known just as much for his hulking physique as he was for what he did on the field at Ole Miss.

But this spring, he was more than merely a physical specimen. Wilson pointed to Metcalf’s football knowledge when asked what about the rookie wide receiver has stood out most.

“Everybody knows about his ability to run and everything else, and jump and catch and all that,” Wilson said. “You guys have been talking about that for months, but I think more than anything else, it’s his brain and how he processes information and how quickly he understands it. He’s really intelligent. He really understands the game really well. He takes coaching really well. He gets extra work. He’s a legit pro wide receiver. He’s everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he’s capable of and more.”

Metcalf, at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, has looked like a professional receiver during offseason work, so much so that it was easy to momentarily forget about all the concerns over his route running, lateral agility and NFL readiness. Metcalf ran a blazing 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine but produced less impressive results in some of the agility drills. He managed 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns before a neck injury ended his final season at Ole Miss after only seven games.

“Very natural player,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He hasn’t had any trouble doing anything we’re doing. He looks like he’s done it before. He’s got to get more disciplined. He’s got splits and all kinds of things, rules that he’s got to get right, but the physical things that [receivers coach Nate Carroll is] asking him to do, he can do it. He can do it. The route changes that we’re doing, the adjustments, his body control. He’s really been a marvelous competitor in this camp. We’ve seen plays out of him every day that look special, and most of it comes out of, one, his speed, but the other is his catching range and the ability to get out away from his body and get up off his feet and make really special catches.

“So we don’t see any hindrance, restriction at all. He’s in here competing to play.”
The NFL gushed over DK Metcalf’s physique in the draft buildup, but so far it’s his ability to pick up the offense that has impressed Russell Wilson & Co. Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire
Now, for the mandatory pumping of the breaks. The usual caveats about offseason practices apply here. The noncontact format — Seahawks defensive backs weren’t fully contesting catches — sets pass-catchers up to shine. And there are a few cautionary tales from recent Seahawks past about getting too excited over an impressive spring from a rookie receiver.

In 2010, it was Golden Tate, who arrived with similar fanfare as a second-round pick coming off an All-American season that earned him the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. He made play after play over the spring and summer and looked poised for a strong rookie season. He was benched in Week 1 and finished the year with only 21 catches.

Carroll has theorized aloud that Tate’s football development was stunted in college because of the double duty he pulled as an outfielder on Notre Dame’s baseball team, which took him away from spring practices. Tate readily admitted years after the fact that he was skating by on his athleticism as a rookie and didn’t really understand the finer points of the position.

As for Metcalf?

“I think he’s way above what people from the outside probably expected him to be,” said Tyler Lockett, Seattle’s No. 1 receiver. “The way that he does a lot of his releases, he changes it up every single day. You’re going against the defense where people know, OK, if he does this, he does this every single day, I know how to be able to approach it. But some days he changes up the way that he approaches his aggressiveness. Sometimes he’s aggressive, sometimes he slows it up, sometimes he uses his hands, two days later he doesn’t use his hands and people are off guard when it comes to being able to guard him.”

Metcalf was the first player Wilson mentioned when asked about the new-look receiver corps, which includes three draft picks (Seattle also chose Gary Jennings in the fourth round and John Ursua in the seventh) and no more Doug Baldwin.

“It’s great seeing DK make his plays,” Wilson said. “I think DK is looking really, really special. He can do anything and everything, and he’s tremendous.”

Public praise from the uber-positive Wilson is not hard to come by. But trust is. Wilson is so protective of the football, so wired to avoid turnovers, that he’s not going to throw to a receiver who hasn’t earned his trust. It is thus telling how regularly he went to Metcalf during offseason practices. Metcalf made a strong impression on his quarterback on the field and behind the scenes.

“I could kind of tell as soon as he got drafted,” Wilson said. “We talked on the phone as soon as that happened. We talked for about 15-20 minutes just about where he wanted to go and everything else. I could tell. You could sense it … you kind of can tell the guys that are really hunting for something special, and I think he is.”

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Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn’t care to set any expectations for Metcalf’s rookie season. It’s June, after all. Training camp and the preseason will offer a better gauge of where Metcalf and veterans David Moore and Jaron Brown stand in the pecking order behind Lockett. Metcalf has a leg up on Jennings and Ursua, both of whom missed time with hamstring injuries, as well as fellow rookies Jazz Ferguson and Terry Wright.
“It’s too early to say that,” Schottenheimer said. “Just continue to develop. Continue to work. I think the sky’s the limit with the potential. I love his work ethic. He’s a terrific worker. Whether he’s catching tennis balls on the Jugs I see sometimes, I see balls flying around. So I think, again, a lot of it is going to be the timing he gets with Russ, but I’m very pleased with what we see right now.”

Carroll was asked how much it has helped Metcalf’s football development to have a father who played in the NFL. Terrence Metcalf was a guard for the Bears from 2002 to 2008.

“There’s something to that,” Carroll said. “Guys, lots of times, they gain a savvy just from sitting at the dinner table. It happens. … We’re just going to go and see how far we can go with him and see how much he can earn his playing time.”

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A breakdown of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2019 free-agent signings.

Akeem King, defensive back

The Seahawks re-signed Akeem King to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million on Friday, a source tells ESPN. Here’s a closer look at the defensive back who spent the past two seasons with Seattle.

What it means: Bringing back King is the first move by the Seahawks and it’s a notable one even though he’s an under-the-radar player. In addition to playing left and right cornerback, King has worked in the slot and at safety — a la DeShawn Shead. That versatility could come in handy given the state of Seattle’s secondary, which is about to say goodbye to Earl Thomas and also could lose nickelback Justin Coleman in free agency. King, a seventh-round pick by the Falcons in 2015, appeared in all 16 games last season while making one start and playing 145 defensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference. King, who will be 27 by the start of next season, was one of Seattle’s four restricted free agents along with tackle/tight end George Fant, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and fullback Tre Madden.

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What’s the risk: There’s not much risk here. King’s one-year deal includes a $400,000 signing bonus, according to a source. He can make up to $2.05 million in all with incentives tied to playing time and interceptions. The max value of $2.05 million is slightly more than what King would have stood to make had the Seahawks given him the low RFA tender, which is worth a non-guaranteed $2.025 million. But if he makes the full amount, it means he became a significant contributor. And if not, the Seahawks will have paid him less than what they would have with the low tender. King is guaranteed more money on his deal than he would have been guaranteed on the tender. There’s more reward than risk for both sides.

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RENTON, Wash. — Around Seattle, it has become somewhat of a tradition for Tom Cable to express optimism and calm panic about the Seahawks’ offensive line this time of year.

That continued Friday as Cable addressed the team’s offseason moves up front.

“I’d like to get to camp, but I’m the most excited coach on the staff right now,” Cable said. “That’s what I’ve told coach [Pete Carroll] and John [Schneider, Seahawks general manager]. I appreciate them putting this together in a year’s time and doing a fantastic job. Our personnel guys nailed this, so it’s just a matter of getting them in the right spots and going and playing ball.”

The Seahawks made three main moves on the offensive line this offseason. They signed Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi in free agency and drafted Ethan Pocic in the second round.

Exactly how all the parts will fit is unclear. Justin Britt will start at center, but beyond that, spots are up for grabs.

The coaches’ optimism about left tackle George Fant is sincere. Fant struggled as an inexperienced rookie (he hadn’t played football regularly since the eighth grade) but added bulk this offseason and has been working with Hall of Famer Walter Jones. It’s early, but Fant appears to be in the driver’s seat to start at left tackle once again.

Cable said earlier this offseason that Joeckel played as well as any left guard in the NFL last season, even though he started only four games at that spot for the Jacksonville Jaguars before suffering a knee injury. Joeckel is on a “pitch count” as he continues to get his knee healthy. He’s getting a look at guard and tackle but is probably more likely to start on the interior at this point.

Mark Glowinski started at left guard last season but is back to playing on the right side where he is more comfortable. Last year’s first-round pick, Germain Ifedi, has moved from right guard to right tackle. And then there are the wild cards: Pocic, Aboushi and 2016 third-round pick Rees Odhiambo.

“Everybody is learning two spots, really,” Cable said.

There will be plenty of different combinations between now and Week 1 of the regular season, but Cable said he expects the Seahawks to be ahead of where they were last year once training camp begins.

“Those were young kids with no experience, and in George’s case, zero experience,” Cable said. “And now they’ve been through it a year. So you can expect us to be much further along in our preparation as we get ready for camp, for sure.”