During the news conference on Thursday to announce that
From Carroll’s lips to Baldwin’s sure hands and, as it turned out, from
It’s just Baldwin’s way of putting a capital ‘C’ in the Competition that is the bedrock of the Seahawks’ practices under Carroll – whether they’re being conducted the week of the Super Bowl in New Jersey or the last week in May along the shores of Lake Washington.
Baldwin was here, there and seemingly everywhere during the Seahawks’ third OTA practice – with three more scheduled for next week. He lined up at flanker. He lined up at split end. He also was in the slot, on either side.
Get used to it, because Carroll says that’s the plan for the fourth-year receiver who led the team in receptions and receiving yards as a rookie free agent in 2011 and was second in both categories last season.
“We’re going to do all of the stuff that Doug does,” Carroll said when asked what role Baldwin would fill this season. “As always, we’re trying to feature the qualities that guys have that are special. Doug has extraordinary quickness. He really has the ability to separate on anybody. So we’ll continue to use him inside and outside.
“He’ll start outside for us at the split end spot, but he’ll be all over the field. You’ll have a hard time tracking him down because he’s capable of playing all of the positions and all of the spots and running all of the routes. So we’ll do everything with him.”
Last season, when Baldwin took over as the flanker at midseason after
What’s the difference? “When I’m in the slot, sometimes you have to be confined to certain rules because that’s just the way the slot is,” Baldwin explained. “In order to be outside as well, you have to be more flexible in doing different things in terms of releases, in terms of the way you run your routes and that’s exciting for me.
“That’s another challenge. I played outside in college, so I’m just going back to that. It’s just re-learning what I’ve learned before.”
And which spot in this receiver smorgasbord is most appealing to Baldwin?
“I love them all,” he said.
Especially when he’s making plays from them all.