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Sunday, October 9, 2011
On Doug Baldwin's effort in Seahawks' win

By Mike Sando

Got an email just now from Doug Clawson of ESPN Stats & Information. He was charting the Seattle Seahawks' 36-25 victory over the New York Giants and passed along this regarding receiver Doug Baldwin:

Baldwin caught a team-high eight passes for 136 yards and a game-winning touchdown. He did most of his damage on passes traveling at least 15 yards in the air, collecting four catches and 95 of his 136 yards on such passes. Baldwin entered the game with four catches on throws of 15-plus yards.

It's tough getting the ball farther downfield without adequate pass protection and/or a quarterback with the ability to buy time. The Seahawks took six sacks, but their quarterbacks passed for 315 yards. Baldwin produced eight receptions on the nine plays when Seattle quarterbacks targeted him. He has shown all the skills needed to flourish from the slot, plus the speed to be more than a possession receiver.