Doug Baldwin has emerged into one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers. The undrafted free agent in 2011, has grown into Russel Wilson’s favorite target, and Baldwin continues to perform.
In two games against the Arizona Cardinals last season, Baldwin caught 19 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin feasted on a weak Cardinals’ secondary in 2016. 171 of those yards came in Seattle against the duo of Justin Bethel and Brandon Williams.
Despite tearing up the Cardinals defense, Baldwin named one guy on the roster as the toughest matchup he has faced in the NFL. None other than Patrick Peterson.
Baldwin joined Brock and Salk on ESPN 710 in Seattle, and was asked who he thought the toughest corner to separate from.
“Right now, if it’s not Richard Sherman on my own team, it’s got to be Patrick Peterson,” Baldwin said. “He causes the most issues for me just because of his athleticism. Any move I give him, even if I do win at the line of scrimmage, he’s so athletic that he can recover so quickly.”
Peterson knows he’s good. He knows that opposing offenses will hardly throw in his direction, and it’s well deserved.
Seattle based, mynorthwest.com dug a little deeper into the Cardinals week 16 matchup in Seattle. They found that out of 19 targets that Baldwin had, he snagged in 13 of them for 171 yards and a score. Only three of those came against Peterson, managing just 51 yards.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Bettcher utilizes Peterson more against Baldwin in 2017.