Throughout the spring, one thing you heard a lot coming out of the VMAC is how much better Seattle’s receiving corps could be this season, despite the loss of Golden Tate in free agency.
And what most generally point to as the reasons for that are an expected-to-be-healthy Percy Harvin and the addition of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.
But an underrated reason is the continued presence of guys who are now becoming vets — Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.
Football Outsiders today put its spotlight on Baldwin in this breakdown of his game — it’s near the bottom of the piece.
And Baldwin earns high marks, with Football Outsiders saying in part:
“This is a legit No. 1 receiver in the making. … Baldwin is a great example of DVOA’s value. Yeah, he probably wasn’t the second-best or second-most valuable wide receiver in the league in 2013, but he played at an exceptionally high level when the Seahawks threw him the ball. That’s supported by the play-by-play metrics, and he passes the eye test with flying colors. If Baldwin was on a team like Denver, he probably would have 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns, but Seattle hasn’t needed that from its receivers. In the Super Bowl, Denver’s all-star receiving cast struggled to create separation and gain yards after the catch against the league’s best defense. Seattle’s unheralded group made a few great individual plays and enjoyed the rout. Baldwin should get even more chances to shine in 2014 with Golden Tate’s departure to Detroit.”
One person who liked the analysis was Baldwin himself:
@fboutsiders Finally, someone doing their homework!
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) July 11, 2014
Also today. …
— ESPN also unveiled its power rankings for the future this week and has Seattle at No. 1, stating in part:
New contracts for coach Pete Carroll, cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas and defensive lineman Michael Bennett resolved some continuity questions, and the team is now in great position to re-sign QB Russell Wilson next offseason.
— ESPN says the Beast Quake play is the best in Seahawks history.
— ESPN reviews what it says is the team’s biggest key to success.
— SportsonEarth reviews Seattle’s off-season and says the Seahawks are confident but not comfortable.
Most guaranteed money spent since the start of free agency in March. pic.twitter.com/yrVhbScoD2
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 11, 2014