Quarterback Matt Cassel on using Baldwin’s height to his advantage:
“He’s a guy that likes to go up and compete. Again, he’s a big body. This kid is all of 6-4 and he can jump. He’s a guy that’s going to go out and compete. There are not a lot of players that can go up vertically with him and stay with him.”
Running back Jammal Charles on making sure he doesn’t lose his speed while he recovers from last season’s ACL injury:
“I feel faster (than last season). I go out there and do activities with my team and everything. I try to run my hardest and I try to finish first every time we go out there and do our conditioning workouts. It’s showing improvement every week.”
McCluster lined up almost exclusively as a receiver during his rookie year, then hopped into the backfield last season to help Kansas City overcome the loss of Jamaal Charles. Now, in his third set of offseason workouts, McCluster finds himself back with the receiver group.
Will he stay there? That all depends on where the Chiefs’ “Wheel of McCluster Positions” lands this summer.
“We’ve given Dexter reps at the wide receiver position in this new offense because we feel like he knows how to play running back and we can put him over at running back at any point in time,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said last week, “but we felt like he needed the work at wide receiver.
It’s conceivable that Kansas City could get off to an 0-5 start with daunting showdowns against 2012 playoff teams Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore. A Week 2 road date at Buffalo will be no walk in the park and you have to keep in mind that the Chiefs are just 3-7 against the Chargers over the last five years (2-3 at home).
The backend of the schedule features some more favorable matchups, but three of Kansas City’s final four games take place on the road, where the Chiefs have gone 10-14 over the last three years.