Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens showcases a Doug Baldwin reception set up by an excellent display of blocking technique by the Seahawks receivers.
The best receivers sell the dream and force opposing defenders to live the nightmare. Doug Baldwin has become so masterful at telling believable stories that he uses the ground game to set up the passing game within his own routes.
Check out this shallow route below. Baldwin approaches the play as if he’s blocking a defensive back. The approach, hand position, arm motion, and square position, are all that you want to see from a wide receiver.
If I didn’t tell you that this was a route, you would have believed that Baldwin was blocking for a running back for 80 percent of what you see in the video.
Effective route running is good story-telling and good story-telling requires fine detail. Part of learning how to become a complete receiver includes embracing a well-rounded approach to the position’s roles with and without the ball. Excellent route running incorporates details that aren’t traditional storylines but nonetheless realistic and believable.
We’ll see if Baldwin is healthy enough to play at his typical level of performance in 2018. When he’s ready, there are few better within the first five yards of the line of scrimmage. Young receivers should study Baldwin’s footwork, hand usage, pacing, and incorporation of creative setups to fool opponents.
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