Baldwin glad to leave 'terrible' Denver field

August, 8, 2014
Aug 8
4:50
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Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin shed no tears about leaving Denver's Sports Authority Field Thursday night after the 21-16 loss to the Broncos in the preseason opener.

"I can't wait to get back to Seattle because this field was awful," Baldwin said on Q13FOX Seattle after the game. "I don't know if you guys noticed, but the receivers and tight ends were slipping all over the place. This field is terrible."

Baldwin played only two series and had one catch for 18 yards. He has moved from the slot position to split end to replace Golden Tate, who signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.

The receiver who had the best night for the Seahawks was rookie Paul Richardson, the second-round pick from Colorado who had a bit of a homecoming in his first NFL outing.

Richardson had four receptions for 37 yards. None of them displayed his amazing speed, but he made some nice cuts on sideline moves and broke a few tackles, showing some toughness. Richardson, who is thin at 6-0, 180, also made a couple of nice blocks.

The Seahawks also appear to have a nice competition for the third tight end spot between Cooper Helfet, RaShaun Allen and Morrell Presley. Each of them had one catch Thursday night.

Helfet made a 20-yard catch from Tarvaris Jackson on a third-and-20 play in the second quarter. Allen, an undrafted rookie from Southern University, made a 25-yard catch in the second half from Terrelle Pryor.

It probably will go down to the final preseason game before the Seahawks make a decision on the third tight end spot.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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