Doug Baldwin sets Seahawks’ single-season touchdown mark
There will be a time, Doug Baldwin says, when he’ll stop and reflect on what he has achieved during the best season of his NFL career.
That time wasn’t Sunday evening following Seattle’s 23-17 loss to St. Louis and it won’t be any time soon, according to Baldwin.
“I’ll think about it when I retire,” he said.
Baldwin has declined to talk much about what he has personally accomplished during his historic stretch of production – which has included 11 touchdowns in five games – instead saying he’s focusing on what’s ahead. That was the case again on Sunday, even as Baldwin hit two significant milestones while catching eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The score was his 14th of the season, which established a new single-season franchise record. Baldwin had moved into a tie last week for the mark, which was set by Daryl Turner in 1985.
Baldwin also topped 1,000 yards receiving for the season on Sunday, becoming the first Seahawk to do so since Bobby Engram in 2007.
“It’s so exciting,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “I told him after the game that I was really happy for him. His work ethic is unrelenting. He’s a true champion, on and off the field. You watch it, and his leadership, his ability to make plays and all that, I’m not surprised. For him to go over 1,000 yards, it’s exciting for him, I know that. I know he doesn’t care about the personal accolades or anything like that. Obviously, to score 14 touchdowns, he’s an All-Pro type of receiver, obviously. The stats show it.”
Baldwin is now tied with Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson for the NFL’s lead in receiving touchdowns. His 73 receptions are tied for 22nd and his 1,023 yards are 19th. Baldwin has reached those marks with 97 targets, fewer than 37 other players.