CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Doug Baldwin took a turn as a featured player in Seattles offense Sunday against Carolina.
With so many playmakers, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has plenty of choices to spread it around in the passing game.
However, Baldwin, a third-year pro out of Stanford, was a frequent target for Wilson against the Panthers. Baldwin finished with a team-high seven catches for 91 yards. Five of Baldwins receptions went for first downs.
Hes had great effort, Wilson said. And I think the biggest thing that Doug and I have worked on, and the rest of the receivers, too, is just having that camaraderie, on and off the field, where you are communicating with one another and just trying to get to know one another.
One play by Baldwin that stood out was an acrobatic catch in the third quarter, where he dragged his feet just inside the sideline for a first down.
On a third-and-8 play from Carolinas 48, Wilson scrambled and escaped the pocket to his left to get away from the pass rush. The Seattle quarterback looked like he was throwing the ball away, but spotted Baldwin down the left sideline.
I think he was trying to get rid of it, Baldwin said about the play. But just the way it happened, we were scrambling, and our scramble rules are we break off the routes and try and help Russell out. I think he was trying to throw it away, but the ball was just enough inbounds for me to try and make a play.
Wilson fired the ball toward the sideline as two Carolina defenders sandwiched him, and Baldwin caught the ball at the Panthers 35-yard line.
I was trying to give him a chance, Wilson said about the play. I was figuring nobody would probably get to it, to be honest with you, but I knew Doug was coming back, and I knew I was about to get blown up. So I tried to throw it where nobody could get it, and somehow he reached it and made a great play.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera challenged the catch, but the play was upheld and the drive yielded Steven Hauschkas 40-yard field goal.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Baldwins standout play was the result of all of his hard work with Wilson in the offseason.
We didnt have that last year at this time that chemistry, Carroll said. I think you saw it with him (Wilson) and Doug. And you saw him go to Golden (Tate) a number of times, and using Golden properly when he was on the move and all. Those are all things that were growing with, and hopefully well take more advantage of that.
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