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Chiefs WR Baldwin wants shorter name, more game


He doesn’t want to be Jonathan Baldwin any longer.

Just Jon.

“J-O-N,” he told reporters.

The Chiefs’ 2011 first-rounder can also shorten his title from “the other guy with Dwayne Bowe,” to “The Man,” for the time being anyway.

While Bowe’s somewhere else, yet to sign his $9.5 million franchise tender, Baldwin’s trying to win a larger role in the Chiefs’ offense, and he’s off to a good start.

He feels like he might be the guy, and without Bowe being here, he sees that opportunity,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “When we drafted him, we felt good about his talent, about his size, about him going to get the football the way he goes to get it.

“He worked hard this offseason. He reported in great shape. He has a good attitude, so I anticipate that he’ll have a good year.”

Funny, when the franchise guy stays away from camp in a huff, how you hear about other guys with good attitudes.

But with Baldwin, the praise might be earned. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder with a 42-inch vertical leap has a set of physical skills few can match. And if he has an opening to make more plays, he might help make the Chiefs’ long-term decision on Bowe.

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18 Responses to “Chiefs WR Baldwin wants shorter name, more game”
  1. jbaxt says: Jul 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    John with or without an “h”?

    Sincerely, all the Johns from the beginning of time.

  2. profootballwalk says: Jul 29, 2012 8:41 PM

    Football Outsiders rated him at the bottom of the NFL barrel at receiver last year. God knows, it’s the Chiefs, but still.

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2012 8:41 PM

    I actually like Baldwin but he needs to show some consistency and stay healthy. The Chiefs have a combination of size and speed all around on offense that other teams envy. Now they just need Cassel to get the ball to his weapons on a consistent basis (and everyone needs to stay healthy).

  4. austinoxford says: Jul 29, 2012 9:12 PM

    “He has a good attitude, so I anticipate that he’ll have a good year.” Crennel should send a thank you letter to Thomas Jones for this “good attitude.”

  5. pigskindream says: Jul 29, 2012 9:21 PM

    Why is Dwyane Bowe’s franchise tag $9.5 and Mike Wallace’s tag only $2.7?

  6. bigwigbob says: Jul 29, 2012 9:32 PM

    Why is Dwyane Bowe’s franchise tag $9.5 and Mike Wallace’s tag only $2.7?

    because DBowe was a franchise player and Wallace is a restricted free agent

  7. jredshoes says: Jul 29, 2012 9:35 PM

    Football outsiders must not have watched him. Besides his late start because of the Thomas Jones beat down and Todd Haley running the team like a nutcase, he showed flashes of what he can do. As for the Mike Wallace vs Bowe question how many teams offered the Steelers a first rounder plus the 2.7 mil for Wallace? None. The biggest problem for the Chiefs is that there’s a new offense in KC and hopefully Baldwin will flourish in it. Bowe on the other hand couldn’t run half his routes correctly last year so missing camp won’t bode well.

  8. raidadon says: Jul 29, 2012 9:37 PM

    Whatever happened to nicknames? Who’s gotta good one fer Jon Baldwin?

  9. jlsch14 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:52 PM

    Wallace was offered a 1St round tender, which is for 2.7 mil as a restricted free agent while Bowe was franchised as an unrestricted free agent

  10. raylewisisananimal52 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:59 PM

    Cuz mike Wallace didn’t get the franchise tag, he got a first round tender offer

  11. raideryan88 says: Jul 29, 2012 10:12 PM

    Hopefully he doesnt change his last name to his numbers in some crazy language too.

  12. atmedic8daily says: Jul 29, 2012 10:53 PM

    Johnny Baldknob sounds like sleeper material to me #thattimeofyear!

  13. raiderspride says: Jul 30, 2012 1:35 AM


    I like it. Short is good. It is cool.

    Florio needs to step up and ask to be called “Flo,”

  14. mrlynch33 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:46 AM

    You heard it here first folks! He will have a BIG year. Not if he stays healthy but if he is MATURE.

    – believe it or not a Niners fan

  15. randallflagg52 says: Jul 30, 2012 4:00 AM

    He’ll get a new nickname when some concussed ex-player like Troy Aikman or Steve Young starts calling him Alec, Stephen, Daniel or Billy.

  16. chuckxx says: Jul 30, 2012 8:05 AM

    I watched this guy last year make some real circus acrobatic catches. He definitely is the “real deal”. Give him a fair chance and he will surprise you on the upside.

  17. ottomanismydog says: Jul 30, 2012 8:59 AM

    Reports call chad johnson ‘ocho cinco’ in the blink of an eye but take nearly full season to call a guy Jon, as opposed to Jonathan. #DERP

  18. matthewb57 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:30 AM

    Well megatron is already taken how about Optimus Prime

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