Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, the focus of my story today, was deemed too small and too slow, and did not get selected in this year’s draft.
But Seattle’s personnel department liked the 5-10, 189-pound receiver out of Stanford and brought him in as an undrafted rookie free agent.
And so far the move has paid off. And after four games, Baldwin has a hard-earned title: Seattle’s leading receiver. Baldwin’s 12 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown put him at the top of the list, even ahead of 41-million-dollar man Sidney Rice.
More impressive, half of Baldwin’s 12 receptions have gone for first downs. Those six receptions for first downs have taken place on the all-important third down, with Baldwin tied for ninth in the league in those situations.
“Obviously, it means a lot,” Baldwin said about the passes thrown to him on third down. “I don’t know the statistics, but that’s the first time I’ve heard that. That’s good to hear. It’s nice to be targeted on third down, and that’s my job – get the first downs when we need them.”
As always, Rod Mar of Seahawks.com has some good shots from last week’s game.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com gives us a best-of list at the quarter pole of the season.
More Farnsworth: A preview of the New York Giants.
Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle takes back everything bad he said about quarterback Tarvaris Jackson after his performance against Atlanta last week.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Atlanta running back Michael Turner’s touchdown run.
More Huard: He breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 11-yard run.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle compares the four quarterbacks in the NFC West. An interesting breakdown considering San Francisco’s Alex Smith is playing the best out of the four right now.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks can use their success against the Giants over the years (or lack of) as a barometer of how they are playing at the moment.
Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post gives Doug Baldwin and James Carpenter good marks for their effort against Atlanta.
Charlie Casserly of CBS Sports believes it might be best for linebacker Aaron Curry to move on.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports, and a regular contributor for KJR-AM, breaks down his Seahawks play of the day, Sidney Rice’s 52-yard touchdown.