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Bye week comes and goes, but Metcalf remains the same. The 6’4, 235 lb WR was once again in the news for his on-field performance. Seahawks went to Cincinnati and came up short in what turned out to be a defensive slugfest. The Hawks had a good chance to close the gap in the NFC West but couldn’t get anything going against the Bengals’ ferocious defense. Seattle’s offense as a unit looked bland out there and was the primary reason for them taking a loss.

DK Metcalf not backing down

This season has not been kind to Seahawks superstar WR. In the opener against the Rams, he was called out by Sean McVay for hitting Ahkello Witherspoon after Metcalf’s verbal on the Rams sideline. Refs did not penalize him for that hit, but later on, he got the taunting penalty. However, this did not stop there as he is leading the league for penalties taken at the WR position. On Monday in a presser, Coach Carroll was asked about his thoughts on Metcalf’s penalties and he responded by saying “We put all the penalties on the board in Monday’s meetings.”

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A reporter told DK what Pete said about putting all the penalties on board and does that bothers him or not. Former Ole Miss WR was quick to respond “It is just, a board to me, I mean I am not gonna change the way I play.” This is exactly what you want to hear from a player whose whole game is based on physicality. DK is one of the most physically gifted athletes to ever play at that position and a nightmare matchup for any CB in the league. Metcalf has taken 5 penalties this season which leads all WRs and the same happened with him last year too.

Trying to Play it smart

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A receiver with DK’s physicality is bound to get some calls that go against him. Even last season, he was penalized 7 times which led all the receivers. However, there are also penalties that are directly co-related to Pro Bowler’s frustration getting the best out of him. One such incident occurred against the Bengals where he pushed CB Cam Taylor-Britt to the ground. These are the types of penalties that frustrate the Seahawks fanbase. Seattle’s coaching staff and Metcalf need to come on the same page regarding this matter.

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In a league where taunting is now being penalized, a player of No.14’s caliber should know better than what he showed against the Rams. Opposing defenses know that they can’t beat this freak of nature by pure talent, so they would always try to frustrate him by getting double coverage on him, etc. His penalties are also hurting the team. Should DK tone it down a bit? Or is it that the league has become too soft?

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It would be worth watching the adjustments DK and Seahawks coaching staff make before facing Arizona.

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