Unlike receiver A.J. Jenkins, who made no receptions in his first game with the Chiefs, receiver Jon Baldwin picked up a pair of catches in his first game with the 49ers.
Like Jenkins, Baldwin drew praise from his head coach.
“He’s had a nice command of the offense,” coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters after Sunday night’s game. “The very short time that he’s been here he has shown that he absorbed it real quick and put him in some situations where he hadn’t practiced. Some of the things he did there tonight showed that he was taking mental reps and the ones he was in, that was real encouraging. He pays attention and has real good physical ability. Everybody likes him. He’s fit in real well.”
It’s unclear where Baldwin specifically stands on the team’s roster; he appears nowhere on the online depth chart, where the starters are Anquan Boldin and Kyle Wiliams, the second-teamers are Marlon Moore and Chad Hall, the third-stringers are Austin Collie and Kassim Osgood/Quinton Patton.
For now, it’s too early to say whether the Jenkins-for-Baldwin trade was a win-win or a lose-lose or something in between.