The Seahawks had ‘each intention’ of getting DK Metcalf the ball. Then Jalen Ramsey occurred.


Bob Condotta

If Spherical 1 of the DK Metcalf-Jalen Ramsey battle went to Ramsey largely as a result of his group received simply, Spherical 2 was an simple victory for the Los Angeles cornerback in each means.

In guarding Metcalf more often than not Sunday, Ramsey held Metcalf to 2 receptions on 4 targets for simply 28 yards within the Rams’ 23-16 win.

A 12 months in the past in L.A., Metcalf was additionally often defended by Ramsey however had six receptions for 71 yards, although the Rams received simply, 28-12.

Sunday, holding Metcalf down — particularly early — performed a giant function in holding Seattle to its fewest factors of the season and 11 under its league-leading common as Metcalf didn’t have a goal till the ultimate minute of the third quarter when he made a catch for 9 yards. He had one other seize for 19 yards late within the fourth quarter. He received behind Metcalf for a possible large acquire within the fourth quarter, as properly, with simply over two minutes left. However typifying the sort of day it was, the go went simply off Metcalf’s fingers.

In accordance with NFL’s NextGen stats, Ramsey lined Metcalf on 30 of 42 routes, with all of Metcalf’s targets or receptions coming in opposition to Ramsey.

Metcalf had 43 receptions for 788 receiving yards and eight touchdowns by the primary eight video games and 92 or extra in each recreation however one — when he was held to 2 receptions for 23 yards at Arizona when he was typically defended by Patrick Peterson.

Ramsey, a three-time Professional Bowler, had been coy throughout the week whether or not he would cowl Metcalf. However he grew to become clear early that was his primary job.

“I believe he’s an simple expertise,’’ Ramsey informed the NFL Community after the sport. “I informed him after the sport that I look ahead to these matchups for years and years to come back. … However I didn’t need to simply make it about us. I knew I used to be going to carry down what I needed to maintain down, however actually, take a look at the opposite guys within the secondary. They held it down, as properly.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned the Seahawks weren’t attempting to keep away from Ramsey and mentioned the group had “each intention’’ to get it to Metcalf however that the ball simply didn’t go that means.

Carroll mentioned “we made a degree at halftime’’ to attempt to get Metcalf extra concerned.

“He’s (Ramsey) a very good participant and all however we actually didn’t have a recreation plan we have been going to steer clear of him,’’ Carroll mentioned. “That wasn’t the case. We had every kind of issues we may have achieved, we simply didn’t do it.’’

Quarterback Russell Wilson agreed, saying a number of performs referred to as early have been designs for Metcalf however received lined.

He famous a play on the primary collection that would have gone to Metcalf when he as a substitute hit Freddie Swain for 21 yards.

“We had a number of different performs that we tried to go to him however sadly both received pressured or one thing occurred and that’s simply the secret,’’ Wilson mentioned. “However I’m all the time searching for him, you realize, he’s such an important participant.’’

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