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The importance of Doug Baldwin to the Seahawks offense

Dec 23, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates with teammates, including quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass from Wilson against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field.
Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Doug Baldwin would like to move past the 2018 season, as the eight-year veteran had to deal with a laundry list of injuries which included knee, shoulder and abdomen injuries.
Baldwin entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, but despite the humble origins, he has played at least 500 snaps and received an overall grade of 70.0 or higher in all eight seasons since.
Five of those seasons, he came in with an overall grade of 80.0 or higher, headlined by the 2015 campaign which he finished with an 88.1 overall grade that ranked 10th among qualifying wide receivers.
His 99.0 receiving grade from the slot leads all wide receivers since 2011.
His 112.6 passer rating when targeted also sits inside the top 10 among the 59 wide receivers who have seen at least 150 slot targets since 2011.
If the injuries do end up forcing Baldwin to call it quits sooner rather than later, the Seattle Seahawks will be losing a key member of their offense.
Just take this year as an example: In the three games that Baldwin missed, Russell Wilson finished with an overall grade of just 63.7 and a passing grade of 59.1.
Including the playoffs, Baldwin has 680 targets from Wilson since entering the league; the next closest Seahawks receiver is Jermaine Kearse with 296 targets from Wilson.
Wilson’s passing grade over his career jumps from 91.4 overall to 94.6 when targeting Baldwin – the two make each other better when they’re both on the field.

Dec 23, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates with teammates, including quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass from Wilson against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Baldwin would like to move past the 2018 season, as the eight-year veteran had to deal with a laundry list of injuries which included knee, shoulder and abdomen injuries. As a result, Baldwin played his fewest snaps since 2012 (763) while recording his lowest overall grade since 2014 (79.9). He has already had knee and shoulder surgeries this offseason, and it has since been reported that he is meeting with a sports hernia specialist – with more surgeries likely on the horizon. Unfortunately, the pile-up of the ailments has started to raise questions about how much longer Baldwin’s football career will be – a career that is certainly worthy of praise.

Baldwin entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, but despite the humble origins, he has played at least 500 snaps and received an overall grade of 70.0 or higher in all eight seasons since. Five of those seasons, he came in with an overall grade of 80.0 or higher, headlined by the 2015 campaign which he finished with an 88.1 overall grade that ranked 10th among qualifying wide receivers.

Over that time, Baldwin has been arguably the best slot wide receiver in the entire league. His 99.0 receiving grade from the slot leads all wide receivers since 2011. In total,…

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