For as much hand-wringing as there was around draft season about Metcalf’s ability to run routes, he fared quite well (especially for a rookie) in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception analysis. This helped him to a No. 32 finish in his rookie season. Seattle fed him 100 targets, the 31st-most among rookie receivers since 2000 and the 17th-most since 2010. Since the 2000 season, 19 of 26 receivers with 90-110 targets as rookies saw their targets per game increase the following season by an average increase of 14.6%, so Metcalf’s involvement should increase in his sophomore season. I’m not ready to rank him ahead of Tyler Lockett, who is one of the best route runners in the league, but the gap is narrowing.
Jan 10 · 6:25 PM EST