Doug Baldwin’s last dropped pass was against Washington on Oct. 6 last year.
RENTON — The last time Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin dropped a pass was so long ago that the normally mindful Baldwin can’t remember when it happened.
Baldwin leads the NFL with 84 consecutive catches, a full 20 catches more than the next-closest receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Baldwin’s last drop was against Washington on Oct. 6 last year, and his streak of games without a drop since that game has stretched to 19.
One of Baldwin’s goals this season was to lead the league in catch percentage, which is the percentage of passes completed to a receiver. Baldwin leads all receivers with a catch rate of 82 percent, according to Pro Football Outsiders. Sports Illustrated rated Baldwin as the receiver with the best hands in the NFL this week.
“The one thing I can control is drops,” Baldwin said. “What does it mean to me? As a receiver in Seattle, you’re not going to get that many yards, you’re not going to get that many touchdowns, you’re not going to get that many catches. So the only stat that I can control or place myself up against the rest of the people in the league is catch percentage, is drop percentage, so that’s what I focus on.
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“More so just because it’s the only stat that I have, you know what I mean? You can’t really do anything else. Everything else is out of my control.”
Baldwin has 28 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns this season, which would put him close to the career-best numbers he put up last year (66 catches for 825 yards).
Another Seahawks receiver, Jermaine Kearse, also has no drops this season compared with 21 catches.
Thomas signs off on Sherman’s shadowing
The Seahawks have been willing to assign cornerback Richard Sherman to the opponent’s top receiver, something they rarely did the past two seasons.
Sherman has always played on the left side of the defense because coach Pete Carroll prefers keeping his corners entrenched on one side. But the struggles of corner Cary Williams have dictated that Sherman move around, which he has done against Cincinnati, San Francisco and St. Louis.
The issue is again up for debate because Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant could return from injury Sunday. Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, who patrols the back of Seattle’s defense, gave his endorsement on Thursday.
“I think the big thing about that is it’s a clear conscience for me when he’s moving around and he’s following the No. 1 guy,” Thomas said. “I don’t have to worry about the No. 1 guy.”
The Seahawks are about as healthy as they’ve been all year.
They listed three players as limited in Thursday’s practice: offensive tackle Russell Okung (toe), defensive end Cliff Avril (ankle) and running back Thomas Rawls (calf).
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett was the only player listed as not participating in practice, but that was a rest day.