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Jonathan Baldwin Has A Big Day At Chiefs Minicamp


Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin may finally be living up to expectations.

In practice, anyway.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Baldwin had a very big day at the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp.

While this is encouraging, we’ve heard this song and dance before.

Last offseason, media members were abuzz about Baldwin’s training camp performance. It seemed like almost every day, there was another report coming out about Baldwin making an unbelievable catch that left those in attendance with their mouths hanging open. Baldwin’s big camp helped fuel the preseason expectations that the Chiefs were going to have a successful season.

Once the team got on the field, however, Baldwin vanished. Sure the Chiefs’ QB play left more than a little tobe desired but WR Dwayne Bowe has played with some of the same miserable QBs that Baldwin has and he (Bowe) has still managed to produce.

The good news is that Baldwin is showing his athletic ability in practice. If the receiver has the tools and is working hard, it stands to reason that eventually something will click and he will be able to turn his work in practice into production on the field.

With improved QB play from Alex Smith and a more dynamic offense under new head coach Andy Reid, it seems like it is now or never for Baldwin.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Baldwin finally live up to his first-round draft status or will he cement his “bust” status in 2013?

Tags: Jonathan Baldwin Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2dogs

    I’m afraid once he goes up against guys that want to hit for real he’ll disappear again. I hope I’m wrong?

  • toperspective

    I’m willing to wait to see what he can do with a real QB….hopefully that’s Smith.

    • Suzi Conger

      It is..

  • chiefdeorty

    It sure would be nice if he would have that breakout season that we have all waiting for. Maybe with smith here we will have it, I hope so we would be tough to handle.

    • Michael Shaw

      Since you mention it, we might already be a LOT to handle for opposing defenses. We have Bowe, McCluster, Newsome, Avery, Hemingway, Fasano, Moeaki (if he can stay healthy), Kelce, Wiley, a possibly better Baldwin, JC, kniles davis, shaun draughn, braden wilson and cyrus grey. IF the O-line can block as well as we think they can and barring any lingering or permanent injuries this offense, if AS can stay upright, not turn the ball over too much, this offense might be one of the top 5 in the league. Said it ALL of last year, ALL WE NEED IS A GOOD OR BORDERLINE GREAT QB!! The only question is…….is that you Alex Smith??????

      • Suzi Conger

        Yes, it is AS11;

        AS11 has already proven his QB competancy status; Atter surviving 6 yrs of SF chaotic horrific coaching/management ( The Dark Ages ) AS11 led the SF9ers to 13-3 ’11 win season and would have achieved the SB if #10Williams had not handed the win to NY with his two crucial fumbles.

        In ’12 AS11 broke SF franchise record for the most consecutive passes with no interceptions., Achieved #3 NFL rated QB, #1 NFL rated QB completion%/accuracy, MVP ProBowl Nominee (at time of concussion ), Offensive Player of the Week; rated 154, Inducted into nfl Hall of Records,

        * Best SF Road Win, 30-22 @ GreenBay Wk1
        *Best SF Home Win 45 – 3 vs Buffalo, Wk 5
        *With AS11 at the helm, SeaHawks lost the game with SF
        *With CK7 ‘leading’ SF, SF lost the game with SH

        As proven, AS11 can lead to a SuperBowl, but, as you know, it takes the whole team to ‘deliver’…
        THAT’S THE BIGGER QUESTION.. GO CHIEFS!

  • berttheclock

    Just think. Alex Smith could have been throwing to Torrey Smith and Smith would be far cheaper than Baldwin.

    • berttheclock

      To the person who disagreed with my comment. Perhaps, you should check out the stats by Torrey Smith with the Ravens, then, compare them with those of Baldwin. In addition, look up the salary paid to Smith vs. the 1st money paid to the very lack luster Baldwin. Baldwin in the pros is simply demonstrating what many scouts said of him when he came out of college. He can make the spectacular jumping catch, but, has major problems with both attaining separation and hand fighting off aggressive DBs. Nothing has changed since he arrived in KC. Yes, he did excel against lesser Big East DBs and has shown flashes of promise in practice, but, when, the going gets really tough against quality NFL DBs, he disappears, whereas, Torrey Smith just keeps getting better.

      • Killerdoctor27

        I 100% agree!! The ONLY reason Baldwin was drafted was because Todd Haley was a Pitt man! He thought he was a WR guru and he was going to turn Baldwin into the next Larry Fitzgerald. I remember watching tape on Torrey Smith before the draft and being much more impressed with him. I remember thinking he would be the perfect complement to Bowe because of his speed and playmaking ability. Instead they drafted a guy who has trouble getting separation and lacks game breaking speed. I thought Baldwin would take a lot more work to develop and Torrey Smith was just an all around better player at that time. But of course Pioli fell in love with size and strength over the on field production. I don’t know how many times Pioli reached on a height, weight, speed guy but it was too many times for my liking. He put too much emphasis on drafting combine stars instead of the football stars. At the end of the day Torrey Smith was better and they picked Baldwin for all the wrong reasons. From everything I’ve seen so far I think Smith will be a star and Baldwin will bust. Its unfortunate, but it will just go down as another mistake on the long list of Scott Pioli blunders.

  • KCMikeG

    I was there at camp most every day last year and saw Baldwin develop into full beast mode. I wanted Bowe to stay but thought that Baldwin could make it possible for Bowe to take his show and go. What a huge disappointment he was and while the QB play certainly was a part of it I’m wondering if it wasn’t also that we were just that bad/lazy in coverage too. Either way it is the past and I will be much more cautious in my excitement for Baldwin until he shows us when it counts. I am more pleased by what I have been hearing about a healthy Hemingway and that Mardy Gilyard may be an excellent addition.

    • Troy Utt

      Am waiting for camp this year before I start to form any sort of opinion…But am hoping that with injury, & QB issues seemingly solved that we see Baldwin really step-up to the plate! I must say that of all positions, the search or existence of a true #2 WR is what worries me most! As without that #2 I fear it will have a negative impact as the opposing “D” will key on Bowe, & Charles just as in years past. That may be the hope in possibly running the 3 or mult TE sets that Reid loves… There was an UDFA WR (post-draft) we picked up that many were high on…I believe his name was Daryl Stoneum(??) After beging dismissed from Michigan, I want to say he transferred to Baylor??? Any word or camp news on him???

  • Michael Shaw

    Hopefully, but I am definitely NOT holding my breath!!! We could really use the kid showing up this year with a better than average QB in play.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Do it when the real bullets start flying, John.

  • Danny W

    Heres to hoping he’s a first round over achiever instead of a bust.

  • Johnny Cash

    He will be the Chiefs #4 receiver by September and will be one of the most productive #4 receivers in the league. I’d love using a tall WR such as Baldwin at #4 because they are up against a random backup corner.

  • Battlespeed

    Bottom line: Reid knows how to use Baldwin and Crennel didn’t have a clue. I predict he’ll do much better this year.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Do or die time Mr Baldwin!!!

  • Suzi Conger

    I’m thinking Superior coaching QB o-line will produce better play from Baldwin

  • jim

    i really hope Baldwin can be a major asset this year, he has the tools to be great, lets hope the whole team can live up to expectations