It's time for part four of our bold prediction series as we continue to preview the Seahawks 2020 season. These predictions were sent in by fans via Twitter. I picked the five best and discussed each with Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
We decided whether or not we are believers for all five takes.
Part 1: Russell Wilson will win his first MVP award in 2020.
Part 2: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice this season.
Part 3: The Seahawks defense will record 40 sacks in 2020.
Part 4: Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf will each top 1,000 receiving yards in 2020
Teammates reaching the 1,000-yard plateau in the same season is a yearly occurrence in the NFL. Last year it was Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in Dallas, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in Los Angeles as well as Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Tampa Bay.
However, it's been a rarity for the Seahawks. Only two teammates have ever accomplished the feat since the franchise's inception in 1976: Joey Galloway (1,039) and Brian Blades (1,001) in 1995.
That could change in 2020 with Lockett and Metcalf. They were close to doing so in 2019 with Lockett finishing with 1,057 yards and Metcalf at 900. Logic would tell you that it's sure to happen in 2020, but there are more mouths to feed this time around with Will Dissly returning from an Achilles tear and Greg Olsen and Phillip Dorsett being added to the mix.
Bob and I weighed in…
"I would sell that as well. I just think that's going to be a hard thing to do for each of those guys to do that. If you assume they're going to get what they hope to get out of guys like Greg Olsen and Will Dissly and maybe even Phillip Dorsett, if he's actually getting 400-500 yards of his own. The priority of opposing defenses will be Lockett and Metcalf, and they'll make other guys beat them.
"I feel like if the offense is a little more varied and balance this year with having those guys, especially Dissly and Olsen, assuming they're healthy all year long and are able to be the kind of contributor that they want, I think then you have a better passing game overall but not just two guys carrying it to that extent."
I think it's going to happen for a few reasons, starting with the obvious that it nearly occurred in 2019. I don't see much regression happening from a usage standpoint for either player. Lockett had 110 targets last season while Metcalf had 100.
Lockett should continue to be one of the most efficient wideouts in the NFL, and it's important to consider that he would have had far superior numbers last year had it not been for a leg injury that hindered him for about a month. Metcalf's efficiency should improve in Year 2 as I'd expect his catch percentage to increase from 58%.
While I understand the logic that Olsen, Dissly and Dorsett could steal targets away from Seattle's top two pass catchers, there's also an argument to be made that those three players could free things up for Lockett and Metcalf. It will be much harder to double team either player if Seattle has legitimate threats all over the field.
The last point I'll make is that Seattle's defense may limit the Seahawks ability to keep their desired balance between the run game and the passing attack. Seattle ranked 22nd in points allowed and 26th in yards allowed last season. The defense should take a step forward in 2020, but any progress might be modest at best. It's hard to envision that group returning to its "Legion of Boom" glory days.
That means the Seahawks could find themselves in shootouts or trying to erase second-half deficits once again this season. I believe that Tyler Lockett is one of the most underrated players in all of football and Metcalf is seemingly a superstar in the making. Together they should be one of the most potent receiver tandems in the NFL, and I'm banking on them getting that respect this season.