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Andy Reid on Jon Baldwin: You have to catch the football

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Over his first two seasons with the Chiefs, wide receiver Jon Baldwin has failed to live up to the potential that made him a first-round pick for the team in 2011.

Baldwin has caught just 41 passes over his first two seasons and hopes that he would turn things around with a new coaching staff haven’t amounted to much at this point. Baldwin still looks the part of a pro receiver, but he hasn’t shown any more of an ability to turn his athletic ability into productive plays for the Chiefs offense. Baldwin had a terrible drop against the 49ers last week and coach Andy Reid made it clear that Baldwin has to stop doing that.

“We gave him the opportunity this week and you have to catch the football,” Reid said, via Bill Williamson of ESPN.com. “That’s how it works, and he knows that and I know that. When we give you an opportunity, you have to make sure you take advantage of the opportunity. … He needs to keep playing, and [when] given the opportunity, he needs to take advantage of it.”

There’s nothing particularly scathing about that assessment. It’s just an honest description of what wide receivers have to do if they want to continue working in the NFL, as is offensive coordinator Doug Pederson’s lament that “you don’t know what you will get out of” Baldwin when you throw the ball to him.

Kansas City doesn’t have so much talent at wide receiver that writing off Baldwin would be no big deal. The team would really benefit if he could step up his game, but the rope won’t be endless for a player who hasn’t shown much at all to this point in his career.

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28 Responses to “Andy Reid on Jon Baldwin: You have to catch the football”
  1. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 19, 2013 11:35 AM

    Speed, size, and strength don’t mean much when you are afraid to catch the ball over the middle. #ScaredCoward

  2. coutre says: Aug 19, 2013 11:39 AM

    Trade him to SF for Jenkins!

  3. kane337 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:48 AM

    Another Pioli bust

  4. realfootballfan says: Aug 19, 2013 11:59 AM

    Another Scott Pioli special. Every decent player on that roster is courtesy of the Karl Peterson and Herm Edwards days.

    Literally, the Chiefs might as well have lost 3 years, considering how bad his draft pick and free agent signings turned out.

  5. joetoronto says: Aug 19, 2013 12:01 PM

    Who’s going to throw him the ball, Alex Smith?

    LOL!

  6. japmen says: Aug 19, 2013 12:02 PM

    He’s had time to really prove something. Hopefully for the chiefs he ends up being a 600 yard/yr WR. That’s an honest assessment of his ceiling right now.

  7. raidadon says: Aug 19, 2013 12:08 PM

    What happened to the “Killer Bs”?

  8. aberystwyth2 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:11 PM

    traded to SF for Jenkins! This is too funny!

  9. capitala23 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:11 PM

    coutre says:
    Aug 19, 2013 11:39 AM
    Trade him to SF for Jenkins!

    ————————————

    coutre,

    Did you know something when you posted that comment? Just saw that this exact thing just announced?

  10. eviladam420 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:12 PM

    Good call coutre…that’s exactly what they just did!

  11. shayeezy says: Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    well that was timely. chiefs and 49ers just swapped baldwin for jenkins.

  12. thebigtexas says: Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    coutre says: Aug 19, 2013 11:39 AM

    Trade him to SF for Jenkins!

    They just did.

  13. tindeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 12:18 PM

    well, when you play wide receiver position and the coach says “you have to catch the football”? seem like the opportunity should be handed to those guys hanging out on the sideline… or even the undrafted guys out of college.

  14. dirtdawg54 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:36 PM

    Jeff Fisher is offended.

  15. usetabe says: Aug 19, 2013 12:37 PM

    This makes absolutely no sense to me. Both players should have been cut, what good does exchanging problem players do?

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:39 PM

    you have to catch the football

    ________________________

    Especially in the pass happy Reid offense where they’ll be throwing 55-60 times a game

  17. plumbstupid says: Aug 19, 2013 12:51 PM

    I do not miss Andy Reid press conferences . . at all. That said, I think KC has a good coach and the perfect quarterback for that coach. Andy will tighten it up over there and get some wins.

  18. jbaxt says: Aug 19, 2013 1:00 PM

    I think Jamarcus Russel is available to throw him the ball. At least the 26th pick is still in the league vs your #1 overall. Good luck breaking .500, of course you’ve got that “there’s always next year” motto. The life of a raider fan, hilarious.

  19. steeelfann says: Aug 19, 2013 1:03 PM

    Dwight Collins, Rev. 2

  20. dmackdaddy says: Aug 19, 2013 1:07 PM

    He’s a 49er now! That in itself should be a positive change. He’s a lucky guy – now make it count!

  21. thehouseofho says: Aug 19, 2013 1:16 PM

    @usetabe says:
    Aug 19, 2013 12:37 PM
    This makes absolutely no sense to me. Both players should have been cut, what good does exchanging problem players do?
    =====
    My guess would be contracts. Considering they’re both first round picks, a part of their contract was probably guaranteed whether they’re on the roster or not. By trading the players, neither team will have to pay the traded players contract and pay for a new player. The teams would just simply take on the remainder of the contract of the player they just received.

  22. jayniner says: Aug 19, 2013 1:21 PM

    Let’s hope next week’s headline doesn’t read:

    “Jim Harbaugh on Jon Baldwin: You have to catch the football”

    But I can guarantee you one headline will read:

    “Andy Reid on A.J. Jenkins: You have to catch the football”

  23. doe22us says: Aug 19, 2013 1:26 PM

    coutre says:
    Aug 19, 2013 11:39 AM
    Trade him to SF for Jenkins!

    Coutre is Andy Reid :)

  24. officialgame says: Aug 19, 2013 1:43 PM

    Fans to Andy Reid. You have to learn to run the football.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2013 2:10 PM

    In the middle of the night with no one around, the two neighbors quietly buried something in each others back yard.

  26. jjackwagon says: Aug 19, 2013 3:46 PM

    Hey Trollonto,

    In case you didn’t know, Alex Smith > Matt Flynn.

    But that’s still not saying much.

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    How can you argue with Reid? Balwin gets paid to catch the ball.

  28. dubblelznhell says: Aug 19, 2013 9:57 PM

    I threw over 2100 yards and 23 TDs to this guy alone in madden 13 over one season. Lol. On all madden difficulty….

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