May 27, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) during organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With Doug Baldwin and Healthy Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson Set to Break Out in 2014

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Wes Welker, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson… The Seahawks have been linked by some reports to be interested in all elites who have been available this offseason at receiver, but one message remains the same among the 12′s;

“WE.

ARE.

FINE!”

Indeed, with all the available talent out there at the position, everybody wants to grab some of it. But too often in all the excitement of what could be, we can forget that the Seahawks already have their $11 million per year superstar and a solid sidekick. If only he can stay healthy, Percy Harvin is everything other teams are trying to acquire, and more because of his dynamic return abilities. Doug Baldwin is one of the most reliable No. 2′s in the NFC, if not the entire league, which is why the Hawks extended him for 3 years, $13 million.

You can imagine Russell Wilson’s excitement when the Seahawks opted to bring back Sidney Rice via free agency, drafted Paul Richardson with their first pick (round 2) of the 2014 NFL Draft, then picked up Kevin Norwood in round 4. A budding Jermaine Kearse, the speedy Ricardo Lockette and interesting new possibilities in rookie Kevin Smith (Washington) and second year tall man Chris Matthews (CFL by way of Kentucky).

Fine? This could be one of the better receiving core’s in the NFL. Rice is a former No. 1, Richardson is a kid that could be groomed into a future No. 1. , Harvin is a deadly option as a No. 1 or 2 and presents all sorts of gimmicky options and Baldwin is as good as they get at 2. With Marshawn Lynch and Christine Michael in the backfield. Personnel options are literally limitless right now.

Going back to Wilson, the All pro quarterback could really bust out in 2014 if his guys can stay healthy. In the Super Bowl, Wilson completed all of one pass to Harvin for 5 yards, but went 18 of 25 for 206, two touchdowns and no picks. Here’s what the first two years look like from a stat-line perspective.

  • 2012: 252 of 394, 3,118 yards, 26 Td’s, 9 Ints, 489 rush yards, 4 rush Td’s, 6 fumbles – PRO BOWL
  • 2013: 257 of 407, 3,357 yards, 26 Td’s, 10 Ints, 539 rush yards, 1 rush Td, 10 fumbles

He’s had a quality start to his NFL career, but there’s no doubt it could be better. If Harvin (and Rice) can stay healthy I can see Wilson going for over 4,000 yards and 30+ touchdowns in 2014 because of his . Going into his contract year that would give him quite a bit of leverage for a huge contract after this season and the Seahawks are likely to comply. Like the rest of the 12′s, I can’t wait to see what DangeRuss can do with an elite receiver for an entire season.

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  • JohnPaul Sein

    And yet no one will give him respect except us 12s…

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    • wheelz808

      Very true! With this receiving corp and Russ’s passing skills, Seattle COULD run a pass first offense. This won’t happen (why mess with a winning formula) of course, but it is an intriguing thought.

      • Paddy

        Why is everyone so obsessed with throwing the ball 40 times a game? I’d take breaking the backs of a D with 3-4 yard runs, keeping the clock moving, and playing good D over satisfying all the fantasy footballers. You have to take your shots down the field, but as long as you hit the few attempts, no reason to feel like you have to throw every time. That’s how the Cowboys did it in the 90′s. It’s how the 49ers did it in the 80′s, and it’s how the Steelers did it. Even if you go back to Brady’s best years, that’s how the Patriots did it. They had great defense and just great overall teams with contributors at all positions.

  • Paddy

    It will be nice to get him up to maybe 30 passes a game (probably get the bulk of those by not taking so many hits and getting slightly more time in the pocket to find guys as opposed to running for his life). However, I don’t see much reason to call a lot more passing plays. They were probably close to 50/50 last year, but a lot of those passes didn’t happen in favor of running or taking sacks. They just need to get more efficient at getting open quicker and getting better production from the line. There isn’t reason to go too crazy with an all star cast at nearly every position on D. We don’t need Wilson getting to fancy and going the Romo/Dalton/Stafford routes of making mistakes and giving away free points.