A brand new era in Seattle has officially arrived after John Schneider cut receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Kam Chancellor. The reasoning behind the releases was failed physicals. Both Baldwin and Chancellor have played their entire careers in front of the ’12th Man’ but now must find a new home.
Chancellor was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft while Doug Baldwin joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Both players were key members of the 2013 Super Bowl and have been integral in their recent success. Now that they are gone, how can Seattle make up for the loss of production and leadership?
Doug Baldwin Replacements
The Kansas State product led the Seahawks in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in 2018 so he has proven that he is more than capable of being the top receiving threat. He has yet to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a single season but came the closest he has yet last year with 965 yards. Lockett, as a smaller receiver, could use a bigger option to compliment his skill set. This is a perfect segway into our next option.
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The first-round talent was scooped up by Seattle in the second round with the strong possibility of not having Baldwin in 2019 in mind. Metcalf is a highly debated prospect due to his injury history and lack of production in college. His route running ability has also been the subject of speculation. The 6’4, 225 lb receiver brings with him the speed to blow the top off of defenses and the size to be a true red zone threat. Russell Wilson could very quickly find a new top target.
The 2017 seventh-rounder out of Division II East Central University in Oklahoma made some large strides in his second NFL season. He finished third in receiving yards and tied for second in touchdown receptions for the team. Moore played big minutes in the middle part of the season and has his best game to date against Carolina in a crucial game. He had four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Moore could see an increased role in 2019 with the absence of Baldwin.