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Doug Baldwin's 105-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Broncos cemented his place on the roster. This might turn out to be the most controversial decision Pete Carroll makes to get to the 53-man roster.
I am seeing Baldwin over Golden Tate, and I predict that Seattle will cut Tate, admitting that they made a mistake in the draft last year. One of the qualities that I respect about Pete Carroll is his ability to make tough choices and cut players that are not working out. That has described Tate so far and is the main reason Baldwin will be his replacement.
Baldwin has shown that he is more capable of separation in the middle of the field, while still remaining within the framework of the play. He has reliable hands and is very quick in his change of direction.
Kris Durham could make this roster if he can overcome his inability to catch the ball when it really counts. He certainly can get open, and he provides a large target easily seen by scrambling QBs, but he needs to have better hands and become more reliable to make the roster.
He is headed for the practice squad and will stay there until later in the season when the Seahawks need him. I see him coming in after injury has depleted the wide receiver corps and becoming an integral part of the offense by the end of the season. He was another steal in the draft.
Ricardo Lockette has speed and more speed. He too will develop on the practice squad while he matures into a dependable WR. He won’t stay there long, however, as there are too many teams in this league that are overcome by the desire to have speed at WR.
I will admit that Seattle is not above that same desire and I can see the possibility of Lockette making the team on special teams. He is definitely a good candidate for special teams play and has a future sprinting downfield to get under and catch punts to down them inside the 10-yard line. It really is difficult to say no to a 4.28 40.
Brandon Smith has done nothing of note thus far, and I expect he will be cut and picked up by another team's practice squad because of his size.