Receiver Doug Baldwin and free safety Earl Thomas were made available to reporters after the Seattle Seahawks conditioning workout this morning.
The Seahawks went through drills for about 45 minutes outside at the VMAC.
Seattle’s first OTAs begin next week, when the team will have a Tuesday through Thursday session.
Baldwin talked about avoiding a sophomore slump after leading the Seahawks in receptions last season, and says he sets the bar high and puts a lot of pressure on himself to exceed expectations.
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“One of my biggest things I keep hearing from people is not to have a sophomore slump,” Baldwin said. “So one of my biggest things right now is to be perfect every day. Right now I’m working on my third perfect day with no drops and no missed assignments. So, not at all, I think I have so much more to prove and so much more I’m capable of.”
Baldwin would like to prove he’s a complete receiver and not a person who can only play in the slot. But the Stanford product said the team has not talked to him playing on the perimeter as an outside receiver.
“Obviously I would love to play outside,” he said. “That’s where I played in college. But like I said, whatever role they ask me to do, my job is to be consistent and do well at it.”
Thomas, who was voted No. 66 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players in 2012, says neither he or his teammates are worried about accolades nationally. As long they play well everything else will take care of itself.
“I just want to win games,” Thomas said. “I don’t want to set the standard for anything. I just want to go out there and play to the best of our ability, and see what happens. I’m all about winning, and everybody around here is all about winning. We just want to compete and see what happens.”
* Quarterbacks Tavaris Jackson and Russell Wilson noticeably absent today, as well as running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Chris Clemons. Defensive tackle Alan Branch and receiver Golden Tate were in attendance after being absent in the one practice day we were allowed to view last week.
I wouldn’t take anything away from players not being here. They are not required to attend, and it’s pretty common for players to take off to attend to personal affairs during the offseason.
* Cornerback Donny Lisowski has a new number – 38 – and again worked some on offense, with Mike Williams going over the playbook and how to work out of breaks with him along the sideline.
* Receivers Sidney Rice and Kris Durham were both active and running routes today, but wore red jerseys to signal no contact, along with sixth-round draft pick strong safety Winston Guy.
* James Carpenter continues to show incremental progress six months after ACL knee surgery. The Alabama product again worked on stance and starts off to the side, but was taking a reach step coming out of his stance and putting some pressure on his knee.
* Rookie Bobby Wagner worked with the first unit at middle linebacker, flanked by outside linebackers K.J. Wright and Leroy Hill.