Doug Baldwin’s official stat line in Saturday night’s shellacking of the Detroit Lions: 11 receptions on 12 targets for 104 yards and a TD.In reality, he had only 11 targets. The touchdown catch he swiped from teammate Jermaine Kearse.
“I feel terrible about it,” Baldwin told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche after the game. “That was for Jermaine. It was a last-second call, we switched it up. We were just running toward the end zone. Fortunately enough, wholesale jerseys from china free shipping, we scored. Unfortunately, that target was supposed to be for Jermaine.”
While Thomas Rawls was the engine that moved the Seattle offense, Baldwin was the third gear. The No. 1 wideout was uncoverable, moving the chains on third down with regularity. His mind-meld with Russell Wilson is off the charts.
Baldwin has 10-plus catches in two of his past three games. The 28-year-old receiver set the Seahawks franchise record for career postseason receptions Saturday night with 50 catches (passed Darrell Jackson, 41 career postseason receptions).
Before swiping the TD from Kearse, Baldwin had one of the most ridiculous catches you see — which is saying a lot with teammate Paul Richardson doing his best Odell Beckham impersonation, wholesale jerseys from china, twice. Baldwin got his hands under a low, inside-breaking throw, somehow kept the ball from hitting the ground and pinned it against his butt. After being initially ruled an incomplete pass — because physics would seem to have required the ball to hit the ground — the call was correctly changed to a catch.
“He makes the tough catches,” cornerback Richard Sherman said afterward, via SeattlePI’s Stephen Cohen. “He even catches with his butt sometimes. There’s nothing he can’t do. That’s why they pay him the big bucks.”With Rawls getting back on track and Baldwin getting open with ease, the Seahawks finally have their offensive formula back to balance heading into what should be a shootout in Atlanta.
Entering his sixth NFL season, Doug Baldwin has already earned his third professional contract.The Seahawks signed Baldwin to a four-year, $46 million contract extension Tuesday that will keep him under contract through the 2020 season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source involved with the deal. The Seahawks later confirmed the deal.
The new pact, which includes $24.25 million in guarantees, averages $11.5 million annually, a hefty raise from the three-year, $13 million contract signed in the spring of 2014.
Although Baldwin tied for the NFL lead in receiving touchdowns (14) last season, Jermaine Kearse had bypassed him as Seattle’s highest-paid wideout when the latter was re-signed in March. The new deal is well deserved.Undrafted out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015. He was responsible for the NFL’s top passer rating when targeted (139.9) last season and scored 11 touchdowns in the final six regular-season games after managing the same number in his previous 43 contests combined.
A sure-handed receiver, sterling route runner and willing run blocker, Baldwin was not only the league’s most efficient slot weapon but also one of the most effective pass catchers, wholesale jerseys online, period. Of the 87 receivers to play at least 25 percent of their teams’ snaps and accrue an average depth of target beyond 10 yards, Baldwin’s completion rate of 79 percent was No. 1. He was also the only wide receiver to score double-digit touchdowns and average at least 10 yards per target.
The Seahawks’ run of success shows no sign of abating any time soon. Baldwin joins an impressive nucleus of Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright and Jermaine Kearse all signed through the 2018 season, joining second-year stars Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett as roster mainstays. Pro Bowl defenders Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are each signed through 2017 to boot.
Along with Marshawn Lynch’s retirement and Wilson’s second-half emergence as one of the NFL’s most lethal passers, Baldwin’s new contract is a signal that the aerial attack will take on greater importance in Seattle going forward. More importantly, the championship core will give the Seahawks a realistic shot at the Lombardi Trophy every year for the foreseeable future.