Youth was served at the George Dome Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks reaped the benefits of having a young receiving corps when they won against the Atlanta Falcons. Not only are these three receivers bringing a new sense of life to the Seahawks, but not one of them is older than 25.
Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse might not be the spitting image of Calvin Johnson yet, but they fit right into the Seahawks’ offensive scheme. While the Seahawks have been the unfortunate victim of offensive line issues this season, Russell Wilson did not have a problem targeting his talented receivers against Falcons. He tallied 287 passing yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ win.
The Falcons didn’t get much pressure on Wilson which equated to Seattle’s receivers raking in chunks of yards.
Coming into the game, Tate had 35 receptions on the season. He finished Sunday’s game with six receptions and averaged nearly 18 yards per catch. Tate now has more receptions in 2013 than he did in any other previous season in his four-year career. Not only is he making a name for himself as a receiver, but he is also earning some recognition as a punt returner.
Tate is averaging just over 13 yards per return this season, and against Atlanta he averaged 18.3 yards. Although Tate squared off against a Falcon team enduring a tough season this year, he is becoming one of the more talented receivers in the league. He is still young, but the Seahawks have to be content with his production so far.
Kearse has also been one of the many bright spots in Seattle’s offense this season. Kearse has established himself as an up-and-coming premier kick returner and wide receiver. He is averaging 22 yards per return this year and broke out of his shell against a weary Atlanta defense as a receiver.
Kearse only caught three passes, but he made them all count. He caught one touchdown and averaged 25 yards per catch. He is showing that he can compete with the rest of the Seattle receiving corps for a starting spot. Even though he has room to improve, like all young wide receivers, Kearse has proven he has what it takes to successfully compete at the professional level.
Doug Baldwin’s receiving statistics aren’t mind-boggling, but he has been a solid contributor to the Seahawks’ offense. Wilson benefited from Baldwin’s ability to evade tight coverage as Baldwin averaged 15.2 yards per catch against Atlanta.
The Seahawks are complementing one of the best young quarterbacks in the game with physically-gifted receivers. In the next few years, these wide receivers can only get better. If the Seattle doesn’t win the Super Bowl this year, don’t worry. They are a young team with high aspirations and loads of talent. They’re not going to slow down anytime soon. They’re much too young for that nonsense.