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Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson says Doug Baldwin was ‘one of a kind’

It was a surprise to many when it was announced that former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin needed to retire because of injuries. Russell Wilson was his quarterback for all but one of his seasons and in Wilson’s first public comments since the annoucement, he made it very clear he is going to miss him.

“Definitely going to miss him and his leadership,” Wilson said via the Seattle Times. “He’s one of a kind. Hopefully the next guy can step up, but it’s hard to follow his role and everything else. But he showed a lot of guys the way, and that’s a great thing for us.”

Baldwin played 123 games in his career catching 493 passes for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks and was named to two Pro Bowls. The thing that Wilson was most impressed with was just how good Baldwin was at getting open, and that is one thing this years team is going to really miss.

“Doug has arguably been one of the best receivers in the National Football League for the past however many years since he came into the league. I’m glad he was on my team and that I got to throw to him every day,” Wilson said. “The thing about Doug is, he was always open. He knew how to create separation.”

This coming year the Seahawks need guys like D.K. Metcalf and other receivers to step up and get open for Wilson. Baldwin was always a good security blanket for Wilson and something that is going to be missed.

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