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Jonathan Baldwin off to slow start with Chiefs

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The Chiefs drafted wideout Jonathan Baldwin in the first round partly because they were very thin at the position.

Jerheme Urban looked like a returning starter, and someone like Kevin Curtis played snaps for the Chiefs in the playoffs just a week after signing with them.  Not to mention Dwayne Bowe is in a contract year.

The Chiefs would love for Baldwin to step into a sizable role right away, but he’s off to a sluggish start.  The Pitt product has reportedly struggled to get off the line of scrimmage because he’s getting jammed.  He’s also dealt with a hamstring injury, and is currently listed as a third-team receiver, no higher than fifth on the depth chart.  Baldwin says he’s “100%” now.

Urban remains a starter, while free agent pickup Steve Breaston is set to play the slot role. This group still has holes. Baldwin gained 14 yards in his preseason debut, playing with the deep reserves.

That production sadly was good for second among Chiefs wideouts in receiving yards during an ugly preseason outing.

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27 Responses to “Jonathan Baldwin off to slow start with Chiefs”
  1. iamgoodkid says: Aug 15, 2011 11:41 AM

    who is john beck he stinks! he didnt play well when he was with miami

  2. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 15, 2011 11:54 AM

    Should’ve went with my boy Terrance Toliver haha. Geaux Tigers.

  3. snowpea84 says: Aug 15, 2011 11:56 AM

    Please stop treating preseason as a meaningful indicator.

  4. pencepost says: Aug 15, 2011 12:00 PM

    What about Dexter McCluster?

  5. ch53es4 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    Let’s agree to disagree

  6. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 15, 2011 12:21 PM

    Hey Chiefs fans…Watch my Bengals first preseason game…(pure excellence)…sarcasm..Relax…it is very early,,,he is a rookie..and a big beast of he can get the mental part of it…

  7. mrclearview says: Aug 15, 2011 12:31 PM

    At least there are some sites out there that I can go to get some REAL Chiefs news.

  8. m2karateman says: Aug 15, 2011 12:36 PM

    Baldwin was a big reach by the Chiefs. I was surprised Pioli made such a pick. There were numerous questions regarding Baldwin’s work ethic and maturity. They had a pretty solid draft after taking Baldwin, but that pick still puzzles me. Good teams don’t draft for need, they draft for the best talent available regardless of position or need.

  9. gbatap says: Aug 15, 2011 12:40 PM

    Two things all Chiefs fans know:

    1. Haley’s preseason depth charts(and in large part regular season as well) mean little to nothing.

    2. Never take Nick Wright at face value because he’s a sensationalistic moron who uses comments like this to draw in listeners to his worthless radio show.

    Baldwin by all other reports has been good in camp. He started off slow because of an injury and Haley is being very cautious to start camp this year. Also, as anyone who actually watched him play Friday would know, he nearly made the play of the week against the Bucs if he had not run out of room on the sidelines.

  10. kcfanatic says: Aug 15, 2011 12:40 PM

    What about Dexter McCluster?

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    McCluster is the odd man out. They are going to utilize hime more in the undersized running back position this year. There has been talk that by trying to use him as both a receiver and running back that his growth was stunted in both areas.

  11. haleyistheman00 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:43 PM

    he had 2 passes thrown to him he had 1 catch … he barely played

  12. mybuttsayspft says: Aug 15, 2011 12:55 PM

    What about Dexter McCluster?

    It’s so funny to hear chiefs fans talk about this guy like he is one of their best players just because he ran back a punt in the first game last year against the Chargers, face it chief fans, he’s just not that good.

  13. chopblocked says: Aug 15, 2011 1:01 PM

    Could not happen to a bigger jerk. If I remember correctly he threw his QB, his coach, and the whole Pitt program under the bus on his way out.

    KC ought to call the Pack for a trade. We are loaded with quality receivers. An embarrassment of riches.

  14. We'reFineThere says: Aug 15, 2011 1:09 PM

    1) Packers fans need to quit with this our 6th receiver is better than all of yours combined

    2) preseason doesn’t mean much

    3) this guy has been lighting up camps/combines since HS and plays average on the field (Marvin Austin says hi too)

  15. kurrmudgeon says: Aug 15, 2011 1:18 PM

    Baldwins struggling against press coverage vs Flowers and Carr. He’s facing 2 great young CB’s, and what a better way to learn to break off press then against good competition. Baldwin targeted twice 1 rec 14 yds, the other ball was thrown a mile behind him and he tipped the ball to himself over the corner’s head and made an acrobatic attempt but landed outta bounds. The kids got ball skills and he’ll be fine, you just bored today PFT? Did anyone watch the game on the staff, ima bet 100% no. As far as Dex Mccluster i dont think any of us think he’s going to terrorize the league. They’ve moved him HB this season behind Jones. He’s nothing more than a package guy and special teamer. He’ll make some plays for us, and gives a similar speed compliment to Charles outta the backfield…

  16. seneca1ss says: Aug 15, 2011 1:20 PM

    The Buccaneers embarrassed the Squa’s on their own field #winning

  17. pmars64 says: Aug 15, 2011 1:24 PM

    I hope this is true to kick Pioli in the ass. He’s such an egomaniacal jerk. He went out of his way to publicly blast the Browns for moving up to get Taylor in the first round because he didn’t get the love he wanted for his draft. How petty. If he and Haley fail, I won’t cry any tears.

  18. benh999 says: Aug 15, 2011 1:28 PM

    Baldwin was not half as good as his college stats suggest.

  19. riverhorsey says: Aug 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    Dexter McCluster smacked down San Diego last year and will smack them down again this year.

  20. pencepost says: Aug 15, 2011 1:53 PM

    What about Dexter McCluster?

    It’s so funny to hear chiefs fans talk about this guy like he is one of their best players just because he ran back a punt in the first game last year against the Chargers, face it chief fans, he’s just not that good.
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    I am actually a Bears fan and asked because I remember how athletic and lightning quick he is, not only from a few highlights last year but mostly from his Ole Miss days. Seems like he could be a Devin Hester / Reggie Bush / Leon Washington kind of player, valuable in the return game with occasional contributions on offense.

  21. kchoya says: Aug 15, 2011 2:06 PM

    Without commenting on the accuracy of the post, I would caution anyone against putting any value in the tweets of a couple of KC radio jocks like Nicj Wright (in this case) or Bob Fescoe (especially).

    Even if Baldwin plays like crap, he’s still better than any wide receiver the Chefs had last year, save for Bowe.

  22. awestcave says: Aug 15, 2011 2:18 PM

    Thing about 610 radio in KC is they’re still ass-hurt over losing a corporate partnership with the Chiefs to 810 a year or two ago, so they’ve gone out of their way to rebrand themselves as the “fans” station where you get the “real, unbiased” Chiefs news. Which makes sense, and I don’t blame them, but that’s how it works. They go out of their way to sensationalize any negative Chiefs news, and 810 will sensationalize and positive Chiefs news. The truth is somewhere in the middle.

  23. sportsdrenched says: Aug 15, 2011 2:40 PM

    Two Timeliess Concepts should be noted here:

    1. Pre-Season means nothing

    2. Radio Hosts are entertainers, not scouts

  24. bwisnasky says: Aug 15, 2011 4:08 PM

    Kansas City fans can chalk it up to Haley not game planning… it being a preseason game so it doesn’t matter… whatever you want to do.. but the last 3 games in KC… this one, the playoff game, and against the Raiders, they have flat out got their butts handed to them…. If I was a fan, I might be getting a little concerned about that trend…

  25. kchoya says: Aug 15, 2011 6:11 PM

    bwisnasky says:

    Kansas City fans can chalk it up to Haley not game planning… it being a preseason game so it doesn’t matter… whatever you want to do.. but the last 3 games in KC… this one, the playoff game, and against the Raiders, they have flat out got their butts handed to them…. If I was a fan, I might be getting a little concerned about that trend…

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    BWAHAHA! You truly think this preseason game has anything to do with the Oakland and Baltimore games? That’s funny. How about a partial list of KC players that did not play: Jamal Charles, LeRon McClain, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, half the o-line, Kelly Gregg, Derrick Johnson, and on and on… And Matt Cassell made no pass attempts.

  26. gottapoop says: Aug 15, 2011 6:15 PM

    I actually WATCHED the game and he was anything but slowing down. He made a nice jump around the back of a cronerback to grab a ball. He made an outstanding acrobatic attempt and actually caught the ball on another play,but was out of bounds. The way he showed the skill to stay with the ball was the skill of a seasoned vet, not a rookie. So watch the game. Stats dont always tell the story

  27. bwisnasky says: Aug 15, 2011 6:59 PM

    BWAHAHA! You truly think this preseason game has anything to do with the Oakland and Baltimore games? That’s funny. How about a partial list of KC players that did not play: Jamal Charles, LeRon McClain, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, half the o-line, Kelly Gregg, Derrick Johnson, and on and on… And Matt Cassell made no pass attempts.

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    And in their place played some 2nd and 3rd stringers.. who will have to play in the regular season… I’m not saying that the preseason means a whole lot.. and I even gave credit for Haley not game planning or anything… however, that is still 3 games in a row in the mighty house of horrors that KC has flat out looked pathetic…. and I know it’s practice.. but it was also a nationally televised practice.. you would have thought pride alone would have made them at least try…..

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