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In May the Seahawks sent four picks to Washington to move from the bottom of the third round to the top, so they could draft Tyler Lockett from Kansas State. Coach Pete Carroll has already proclaimed Lockett the Seahawks’ punt and kickoff returner; at least its his job to lose in training camp, after Seattle suffered with poor returns and lesser starting field positions all last season. Yet Lockett has also impressed his new team with his polished and subtly skilled route running. Expect him to get many chances during exhibition games to catch passes from the slot and outside.
At 5-10, 182 pounds Lockett isn’t the big, physical receiver the Seahawks appear to need as a true wide receiver. Chris Matthews is. He’s 6-5 and 218, coming off his NFL breakout game in Super Bowl 49 with his first catches, first 100-yard game and first touchdown of his career.
Carroll says training camp and the upcoming preseason are the former Canadian Football League man’s chances to prove he is the big, physical wide receiver everyone thought Seattle had to draft in May.
Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta (of the Seattle Times) was asked to predict the pecking order at receiver:
If you go with just two receivers, then I’d still go with Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse being the two starters for the opening game. They are the two most experienced and proven receivers on the team and also excel at a really underrated aspect of the game that is hugely important to the coaches — blocking. That’s one reason you rarely saw those two come off the field last season. Teams obviously often run three-receiver sets. And if what we saw in OTAs and mini-caps is any indication, then the starting 3-WR sets would well include Baldwin, Kearse and Chris Matthews. Tyler Lockett projects as Baldwin’s backup, with the other spots sort of a jumble at the moment. But as of now, I’d go with Kevin Norwood and Ricardo Lockette as the other backups. As you note, Paul Richardson could well being the year on the PUP list. If he’s healthy by opening day, I’d put him on the second unit. As for the Kearse and Matthews, there’s no question that what Matthews did in the Super Bowl creates a lot of excitement going forward. But Kearse is one of the team’s most versatile receivers and as noted, also excels at blocking. For now, I think he holds on to a role as being more of an every down receiver.
Matthews is a deep sleeper this year despite a great performance in the Super Bowl. Baldwin should be usable in fantasy leagues, but with the addition of TE Jimmy Graham, there will be fewer targets available to the Seattle receivers.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. Baldwin is “ready to roll,” per HC Pete Carroll. As the top option in the Seattle passing game, he’s a worthwhile WR3 play in Week 10.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Baldwin says that he’ll play through the groin injury, but we’ll monitor his practice activity this week. If he can’t play, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson would get a bump.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:06pm
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
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.
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