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Seahawks sign Early Doucet, waived/injured DE Kenneth Boatright


The Seahawks signed former Cardinals and LSU wide receiver Early Doucet. They waived/injured UDFA DE Kenneth Boatright to clear a spot on the roster.

I watched all of Arizona's 2011 games last summer and actually came away fairly moderately impressed with Doucet. Not to say that this is a 'splash' signing (because it's not), but he's a bigger, physical receiver with good yards-after-the-catch ability. Really, to be honest, his YAC ability is mostly what sets him apart from other receivers, because his hands are inconsistent (I can hear Arizona fans chortling at that euphemism) and I don't remember him being a burner nor being overly agile. In some ways, he actually reminds me some of Chris Harper, that is to say - he's athletic, strong with the ball in his hands, and physical. He's 6'0, 212 pounds.

Doucet finished the 2011 season with 54 catces for 689 yards and 5 TDs. He had four drops on 97 targets, per Football Outsiders Almanac, with 12.8 yards per reception. His 6.0 yards after the catch average put him 12th in the NFL that season - which is pretty good. His DVOA was -10.9%, or 67th overall. However, his 2012 season was a disaster, as was the entire Cardinals' offensive output. Doucet caught 28 passes for 207 yards and averaged a paltry 2.9 yards after the catch with an even more paltry 7.4 yards per reception. He dropped six passes on 53 targets.

Seattle undoubtedly hopes Doucet can play at a level more reminiscent to his 2011 form.

Doucet was a third-round pick in 2008 out of LSU. He has one kick return in his career.

Kenneth Boatright, meanwhile, will likely revert to the injured reserve if he passes waivers. He injured his arm or shoulder recently, and was seen wearing a sling at practice today (which indicates the Seahawks plan to hold on to him).