49ers wide receiver Jon Baldwin’s regular-season debut Thursday passed muster with coach Jim Harbaugh, who suggested the 2011 first-round pick could see increased playing time.
“There’ll be more action for him,” Harbaugh said Friday, according to remarks distributed by the club.
Baldwin caught both of the passes thrown his way in the 49ers’ 35-11 win at St. Louis on Thursday night, gaining 19 yards. He played 16 of the club’s 69 offensive snaps.
With rookie Quinton Patton out indefinitely with a broken foot, Baldwin and Kyle Williams could be the 49ers’ primary options to fill the spot opposite the consistent Anquan Boldin. Williams played 23 offensive snaps on Thursday night but was targeted just once in the passing game.
Harbaugh told reporters he likes Baldwin’s playing mentality.
“He’s got a competitive heart,” Harbaugh said.
Asked if this meant that Baldwin was especially excited to play for the first time this season, Harbaugh tried to explain how he spots a player’s competitive nature.
“I wouldn’t call it being amped up, but I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just something that you see,” Harbaugh said. “I guess a bird watcher knows the gist of a bird by just watching it fly. I feel like sometimes I got an eye for a competitive heart. I see it. I see it with Jon.”
And now, Baldwin will see the field more, it appears.