Doug Baldwin caught seven passes for 123 yards for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
That’s just 10 yards shy of fellow wide receiver Percy Harvin’s total receiving yardage in the five games leading up to his sudden trade Friday afternoon.
So, if the question is whether the Seahawks miss the departed Harvin, the answer rests in Baldwin’s stats.
The comparison with Harvin is apt because Baldwin moved into Harvin’s slot position at times, and also because Baldwin confirmed after Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams that he had been in an altercation with the combative Harvin during the preseason.
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“Obviously, a lot of things went on this week that affected the team in numerous ways,” Baldwin said of the trade of Harvin, who reportedly had scuffles and disputes with other Seahawks as well as Baldwin.
The Harvin trade came though Friday afternoon just as the team was heading toward the buses to the airport. So Baldwin had to adjust to the change, literally, on the fly.
With the expanded role, Baldwin racked up his second-best game in terms of yardage, behind only the 136 yards he picked up against the New York Giants his rookie season.
“I’m just very proud of my teammates and this team as a whole with how we fought to the very end,” Baldwin said of the late rally that came up short, 28-26. “We’ve got a lot of things to clean up, but I think we’re back on the right track.”
The Seahawks outgained St. Louis 463 yards to 272, but their 89 yards in penalties and susceptibility to falling for special teams tricks by the Rams led to the defeat.
“I don’t really believe in moral victories,” Baldwin said. “But we try to be positive even when things don’t go our way. My motto is you win some, you learn some, and I felt like today, even though we didn’t win the game, there’s a lot we can learn; we got back to who we were as an offense.”
Baldwin said he thought coordinator Darrell Bevell “called a great game,” and in some regards it made the game — at least the second half — seem so much better than last week’s loss at home to Dallas.
“It’s completely different from the game last week,” Baldwin said. “I thought we didn’t have any growth in that game, but in this one, you could feel the growth within our offense, and I’m excited about that going forward.”