Doug Baldwin Says Graham Addition Will Help Lynch


Doug Baldwin was the Seahawks’ leading receiver in 2014, but he isn’t the most prolific pass catcher on the roster heading into 2015.

That distinction belongs to tight end Jimmy Graham, who Seattle acquired in a blockbuster trade earlier this offseason to become its new No. 1 option in the passing game.

Baldwin’s not worried about his spot in the offense now that he’s playing Graham, though. If anything, he’s just excited about what the three-time All-Pro can do for the Seahawks offense.

“The beautiful thing about Jimmy is that we can just plug him in and play him into our offense,” Baldwin told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Justin and Gee” on Wednesday. “We don’t have to necessarily design things around for him because he’s such a talented player he can just fit into the role of tight end in our offense as it is.”

At 6 foot 7 and 265 pounds, Graham will give quarterback Russell Wilson an elite red-zone target not many defenses have an answer for.

“He can be an offense completely amongst himself. His ability to be a big target in the red zone, his athleticism is really strange for a guy his size,” Baldwin said. “The way he moves it’s unbelievable. He’s gonna be able to do a lot of things for us offensively.”

Chief among those things is spreading out defenses to help both Baldwin out of the slot and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield.

“Not only is he going to be able to open things up for myself but also for Marshawn as well, and opening more things up for Marshawn is going to be devastating to the defenses we face,” Baldwin said.

via Brent Stecker of 710 ESPN Seattle

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