Rewarding Baldwin's special contributions

Doug Baldwin has gone from undrafted free agent to the verge of making NFL history.

The NFL, in naming Baldwin its special-teams player of the week from the NFC, noted that the receiver can become the first undrafted NFL rookie since 1960 to lead a team in both receptions and receiving yardage.



Baldwin's 45 receptions and 718 yards lead the Seahawks through 13 games. He's on pace for 883 yards and would need to average 94 per game over the final three weeks to become the first Seattle player since Bobby Engram in 2007 to reach 1,000 yards.

Baldwin had 93 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, but his contributions on special teams stood out at least as much. He gained 37 yards on a kickoff return to open the game, taking a handoff from Leon Washington. He blocked a punt, leading to Michael Robinson's touchdown return. Baldwin also downed a Seahawks punt at the St. Louis 6-yard line.

NFC West players have now won five of the 14 weekly NFC honors for special-teams contributions. Arizona's Patrick Peterson won twice. The Rams' Robert Quinn and the San Francisco 49ers' Ted Ginn Jr. won once apiece. Peterson and Quinn are rookies.

Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (offense), San Francisco's Patrick Willis (defense) and Seattle's Chris Clemons and David Hawthorne (both defense) have also won weekly NFC honors this season. The chart breaks down winners by division and category.


2011 NFC Players of the Week