Chiefs’ Jonathan Baldwin Has To Play To Produce

Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs looked pretty good on offense for the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. However, once the game was over, many fans were asking the same question.

Where was Jonathan Baldwin?

It is understandable. Baldwin was the offseason star and most fans were expecting big things from him this season. Unfortunately, Baldwin didn’t do much in his limited preseason action and Sunday against the Falcons, he was nowhere to be seen.

Baldwin may be struggling to make the leap from potential to production, but fans shouldn’t be too worried about the receivers lack of catches on Sunday because, well, he was hardly on the field.

According to Pro Football Focus, Baldwin was only on the field for 22 of the team’s 69 offensive snaps. Of those 22 snaps, only 12 were pass plays. Matt Cassel never targeted Baldwin.

Baldwin surely has work to do. He only played half the season in 2011 and most of those games were with Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton at QB. He clearly put in the work in the offseason to improve his game and while we would all like immediate results, the truth of the matter is that the Chiefs might be better off early on by giving some extra snaps to veteran Steve Breaston.

Also, keep in mind that Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is all about creating matchup advantages for his offense. Baldwin, given his height, is almost always a matchup advantage so it likely won’t be long before Daboll finds a way to use him.

All that being said, Baldwin will have to get meaningful snaps before he can produce. His time will likely come. Right now, however, Chiefs fans should feel fortunate that QB Matt Cassel has plenty of other weapons to spread the ball around to.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • jimfromkc

    Their are two reasons why Baldwin doesn’t stand much of a chance to get into games. His strengths are in the red zone and stretching the field. The main reason he is going to have those problems is that there wasn’t much chance in the red zone Sunday and the other problem is spelled C A S S E L. He just doesn’t have the arm to throw accurately the long ball to stretch the field.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I agree Cassel can’t throw the long ball accurately among other issues. But the funny thing is Bowe doesn’t seem to have any problem catching 70-80 balls a year for 1100-1200 yards including 15 TDs in 2010. Baldwin is in his first full year and though I believe he could become a perennial pro bowler he has to work his way in. He’ll be getting his catches by the end of the year.

    • Danny W

      I want to agree with this and I will but Baldwin should be seeing the field because he’s bigger and has to be a better blocker than Breaston or McCluster. The guy has better hands than Bowe too. Get him on the freaking field man.

  • BigGil

    When other options are just as (or in some cases probably more) reliable, it’s not something I’m too concerned with. Cassel’s spreading the ball out pretty well all things considered.

  • Tommy G

    hahaha…plenty of other weapons. Wow. Since Cassel can’t throw the ball downfield, the term “weapons” should be used loosely. Cassel is only comfortable on 3-5 step drops and intermediate passes. I’m surprised we didn’t read about him having a nervous break down after learning Pope was no longer with the team.

  • Danny W

    I think they just got caught up in the game and forgot about him. You have this giant playmaker first round pick on the field and he’s forgotten about. I’d say Pioli will give a little more reminding this week.

  • Dee Nice

    I’m tired of all u so called chiefs fans talking about how Matt Castle can’t throw the deep ball accurate cause that’s a lie if u paid any attention to him and Baldwin this offseason u would think different all those acrobatic catches Baldwin had this summer were for thirty and forty yards out check out the highlights Matt has improved did u check out the velocity he had on the ball and how crisp it comes out…js

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