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How Percy Harvin's departure shuffled the Seattle receiving corps

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:40pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's role changed the most Sunday as he moved back to playing primarily in the slot with Percy Harvin no longer around. It was one of several adjustments for the receivers.

It was Baldwin who had to make the biggest adjustment to accommodate Harvin, moving from the slot position he played primarily his first three seasons to playing more on the outside.

Carroll said it was no coincidence Baldwin thrived being back in the slot. “He’s played a lot of outside stuff for us, which he does fine, but he’s always been really difficult to cover inside,’’ Carroll said. “He’s got a great sense for it — he and Russell have a good chemistry and I think that was pretty obvious that that was back in our favor. Hoping we’ll continue to get that from those guys.’’

Without Harvin, rookie Paul Richardson on Sunday played as the other outside receiver, and essentially the No. 3 receiver overall, and was on the field for 42 snaps. He responded with four catches for 33 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Baldwin was a 4for4 preseason favorite, and it looks like he's going to make some noise after returning to the slot. Richardson is now on the deep league radar as he replaces Baldwin on the outside.

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Glazer: Seahawks send WR Percy Harvin to the Jets

Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:38pm

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick.

Fantasy Impact:

This came out of nowhere. NFL trades are a rare occurrence, especially ones that involve a major name like Harvin. His departure opens up some snaps and targets for the other receivers on the roster, namely Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette. It's also a blow to Russell Wilson's stock, as he has one fewer explosive weapon in a passing game that is already struggling with the big play. Baldwin was a preseason 4for4 favorite, and he should be able to get his season on track as the team's most dependable receiver. Kearse will also have weekly sleeper appeal. As for Harvin, his usage may go up, but it's unclear if OC Marty Mornhinweg is creative enough to utilize him effectively.

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:23pm

Seahawks - [Full Article]

With the Seahawks officially wrapping up training camp yesterday, Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth doles out his annual camp honors where he labels wide receiver Percy Harvin the camp's Most Impressive Player.

Doug Baldwin won Best Offensive Player.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers, driven by his #11 FP/T (1.48). The Seahawks recently locked him up to a lucrative long-term contract, which indicates that they view him as a starter. If that’s the case, he should continue to post WR3 numbers in that role, and he has considerable upside playing with the injury-prone Percy Harvin. Baldwin only played 74% of his team’s snaps in 2013.

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The offense didn’t have any touchdowns in Saturday’s mock game scrimmage, but Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t concerned. It’s not unusual for the defense to be ahead of the offense at this point of training camp, especially a defense as good as this one.

But Wilson believes the offense is better now than it was a year ago.

“I think we’re way further ahead,’’ Wilson said after the scrimmage. “I truly believe that our receivers look extremely good. There are so many different guys catching the football. We have Percy Harvin who’s catching the football well, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, he’s doing a good job. And Phil Bates made another nice catch today."

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:53pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

This is a big season for Seahawk WR Jermaine Kearse's future and he seems to understand the possibility. This is the final year of his first contract and Kearse can be a restricted free agent next offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

He just saw teammate Doug Baldwin, also undrafted out of college, sign a three-year extension for up to $13 million. Kearse is considered a lock to make the team this year, even though his career numbers aren't impressive. However, he's delivered on some big plays last year. We project Kearse for just 19 catches and he currently isn't getting drafted in 10- and 12-team leagues.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Golden Tate had an outstanding season in 2013 and parlayed that into a big-money deal with the Detroit Lions. But a Seahawks three-receiver formation of Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse can be better with Harvin instead of Tate.

Fantasy Impact:

Sidney Rice, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood are also in the mix, but this beat writer apparently believes that Jermaine Kearse will be the firstr to see snaps in three-WR sets.

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:06pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll opened Organized Training Activities by dropping the relative bombshell that free safety Earl Thomas was, at the moment, the leader in the clubhouse to win the job of punt returner.

And Thomas, if you also recall, was enthusiastic as could be about the possibility. So too, though, were Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman, while Percy Harvin — already slated to be the kickoff returner and with no real history as a punt returner — also said he’d be open to the idea. Rookie Paul Richardson also figures to get a shot at it, and a wildcard entry is receiver Bryan Walters, who is far from a lock to make the roster but has always intrigued Carroll with his return ability.

As mini-camp ended, Carroll said Thomas was still the front-runner, but that, as always, the job was still in competition.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:01pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Before the draft, Mike Evans got compared to two current NFL wide receivers more than any others.

Buccaneers teammate Vincent Jackson and the other was Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall have the same imposing size and impressive athletic ability that Evans showed while he was at Texas A&M, leading many to point to the duo as a sign of what Evans could become once he hit the NFL. Evans got to spend the spring working with Jackson and he’s spending the early part of his summer working with Marshall.

Both men are training with Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Florida.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Evans ranked 48th, but as is the case with a lot of rookies, his ADP is high for his ranking. It currently sits in the 8th round while others ranked around him like Doug Baldwin, Briant Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, for example, are all the 12th round or later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In case some people thought Seahawks WR Paul Richardson's long touchdown receptions earlier were just a rookie-camp phenomenon, the wide receiver from Colorado put those thoughts to rest at Day 2 of the Seahawks' minicamp Wednesday.

Richardson showed off his blazing speed again, running right by two defenders to make a leaping catch on a 55-yard touchdown throw from Russell Wilson.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson is going to have a tough time getting on the field behind Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Jermaine Kearse, but he has blazing speed, so he could see some snaps as a deep threat.

Bevell: Doug Baldwin likely to start at split end

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:06am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, asked who will replace WR Golden Tate, said Doug Baldwin will move to the “X” or split end position this year, while also still playing some inside. Percy Harvin will play primarily the Z, or flanker, spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers, driven by his #11 FP/T (1.48). The Seahawks recently locked him up to a lucrative long-term contract, which indicates that they view him as a starter. If that’s the case, he should continue to post WR3 numbers in that role, and he has considerable upside playing with the injury-prone Percy Harvin. Baldwin only played 74% of his team’s snaps in 2013.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:05am

ESPN NFL Nation - [Full Article]

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson can really run: That’s not a surprise, but the rookie receiver from Colorado has not disappointed anyone. This guy can fly.

Just in the days the media have been on the sidelines watching, Richardson has burned defenders on four deep throws for touchdowns. He did it again Monday, a 50-yard TD from Russell Wilson to Richardson when he had 5 yards on rookie defender Dion Bailey.

When the Seahawks have Percy Harvin and Richardson on the field at the same time this season, opposing teams will worry about getting beat over the top. They have to account for their speed and won’t be able to cheat up near the line of scrimmage.

Consequently, it will open things up for the other receivers, like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and the tight ends, along with running backs on swing passes in the flat.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin and Baldwin are likely to start, with Kearse and Sidney Rice rotating in, but Richardson could get snaps as a rookie due to his ability to stretch the field.

Seahawks lock up Doug Baldwin through 2016

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 1:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Financial terms were not released, but a source told ESPN.com's Terry Blount that the deal will pay Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin a minimum of $16 million over three years, and possible $19.5 million overall if achievable bonuses are reached.

Baldwin has consistently produced since joining the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He led the team's receivers in catches (51), yards (788) and touchdowns (four) that season, and last season ranked second in receptions (50) and yards (778) and tied for first with five touchdowns.

He was particularly effective in the playoffs, his 24-yard catch on third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter of the divisional round helping stall a Saints rally and set up the decisive touchdown, and his 51-yard reception in the NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers setting up the Seahawks' first points after they trailed 10-0. He finished that game with six catches for 106 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers. The contract indicates that the Seahawks view Baldwin as a starter, and if that's the case he's likely to continue to post WR3 numbers in that role.

Sidney Rice should be ready for Week 1

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:42am

The Spokesman-Review - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Sidney Rice should be fully recovered from a torn knee ligament by the time the Seattle Seahawks start defense of their Super Bowl title, general manager John Schneider said Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Who will play opposite Percy Harvin in Seattle's two-WR sets? Will it be Rice or Doug Baldwin, who was very productive last season after Rice went down? Click here for Senior Editor John Paulsen's take on this (and other murky situations around the league).

Sidney Rice returns to Seattle on a one-year deal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Sidney Rice agrees to terms with the Seahawks, per league source. One-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice's return puts a big dent in Doug Baldwin's upside. Baldwin was looking like a nice late round sleeper as a starter for the Seahawks, but his playing time is in some jeopardy now with Rice in the mix. Russell Wilson gets another weapon in the passing game. Rice should be fantasy relevant provided he stays healthy.

Lions sign Golden Tate to five-year contract

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:36pm

Tim Twentyman, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Golden Tate just agreed to a 5-year deal with the Lions.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate finished as the #35 WR in 2012 and #29 last season, so he's a proven commodity that should remedy the Lions' WR2 issues. His FP/target numbers (4th-highest in 2012, 29th in 2013) indicate that he should thrive in a bigger role. He's joining an offense that has 1,374 pass attempts in the last two seasons, which is nearly 67% more than the Seahawks have attempted in the same span. He obviously won't be the top target in Detroit, but if he sees the usual 18% of targets (typical for a WR2), it would result in 123 targets, a 25% jump from his 2013 totals. The Lions may run a bit more this season, but Tate's arrow is certainly pointing up. In Seattle, Tate's departure currently leaves Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse atop the depth chart. The news is certainly good for Baldwin and Kearse. Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including the postseason). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers.