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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

May 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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Doug Baldwin planning on making his second season a catchy one

RENTON -- Receiver Sidney Rice was back in practice, wearing a red jersey to emphasize the fact there should be no contact, but he was running routes during the team's 45-minute workout on Thursday.

Rookie Kris Durham -- the Seahawks' fourth-round pick in 2011 -- was, too.

Both underwent surgery to repair an injured labrum. In fact, Rice underwent two such procedures, one on each shoulder, and the fact that both had progressed to running routes is a positive sign in their recovery.

Mike Williams, however, remained an observer. He's also coming back from a surgery.

In terms of numbers, wide receiver is a very deep position for the Seahawks. Seattle currently has eight wide receivers who caught at least one pass for the team last year.

The exact pecking order of those receivers, though, is going to be something that will be sorted out in one of the most wide open competitions over the course of this offseason and into training camp.

Can Rice stay healthy? Can Williams rebound to the form he showed in 2011? Can Golden Tate continue the progress he showed in the second half of last season.

And then there's Doug Baldwin, who only became the first undrafted rookie since the AFL-NFL merger to lead his team in receptions last season. What are his expectations for this season? Well, we'll let him tell you:

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Just for accounting purposes: Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson weren't on the field for the workout, and before anyone starts hemming and hawing, I want to emphasize that these workouts are not mandatory, and the team does not offer an explanation of attendance. We are seeing only one of the team's workouts per week, and to generalize from that one example on a player's participation is misleading at best and disingenuous at worst.

Basically, this is a pre-emptive attempt to prevent the bunching of undies from various people who are going to use this observation to start screaming, "Why isn't so-and-so there!!!!"

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