After years of being called ‘pedestrian’ and ‘mediocre,’ Doug Baldwin has finally made the Pro Bowl. While he wasn’t named to the NFL’s All Star Game roster in the initial announcement, injury has thrust Seattle’s resident madman into the competition.
Doug Baldwin replaces Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Fitzgerald is unable to play due to injury. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) January 23, 2017
Baldwin becomes the first receiver on the Seahawks to make the Pro Bowl since Brian Blades in 1989.
After establishing himself in 2015 as an elite wide receiver in the league, Baldwin stormed through 2016, setting career highs in targets (126), receptions (94), and yards (1128). Matching the insane number of 14 touchdowns from 2015 was unrealistic, but his seven trips to paydirt in 2016 is the next highest total in his career, two more than the five he had in 2013.
Seeing a perennial playmaker finally get his due recognition is extremely satisfying through the eyes of a Seattle fan. Even after such an interesting season filled with copious amounts of B.S., Seattle now sends seven players to Orlando, tying the team record, which was also achieved in the 1984, 2005, 2014, and 2015 seasons (per Bob Condotta).
Other attending Seahawks are: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jimmy Graham, and Richard Sherman. Avril and Wright are both attending their first Pro Bowls as well.