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Report: Lions awarded Jon Baldwin on waivers


The Lions are reportedly giving Jon Baldwin a shot.

Detroit has been awarded Baldwin on waivers from San Francisco, Bleacher Report’s Michael Schottey reported Monday. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and Mike O’Hara of the Lions’ website also reported the transaction.

The Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2011, Baldwin (6-4, 230) has caught 44 passes for 607 yards and two touchdowns in three NFL seasons. He played sparingly for San Francisco in 2013, catching just three passes in regular season play. Baldwin turns 25 on Sunday.

Baldwin will vie for a reserve role in Detroit, which has Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Kevin Ogletree, T.J. Jones and Jeremy Ross as other options behind top WR targets Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

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33 Responses to “Report: Lions awarded Jon Baldwin on waivers”
  1. lionswinsuperbowl says: Aug 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    I like it. He can take Durham’s spot. More upside.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Aug 4, 2014 4:59 PM


  3. thepftpoet says: Aug 4, 2014 4:59 PM

    I can’t wait to see the Lions secondary get roasted this year.

    With Teddy Bridgewater throwing bullets past the young, incompetent Lions DB’s.

    Cordarrelle Patterson could beat them 4 on 1.

    The Minnesota Vikings are taking the divison this year.

  4. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2014 5:00 PM

    I wonder if the Bears put in a claim? They just lost their #3 today.

  5. longsufferingkcfan says: Aug 4, 2014 5:01 PM

    “Awarded” is obviously being used loosely here. What Jon Baldwin could never understand is that you first need to accomplish something meaningful in the NFL and then and only then could you act like a diva. Get ready for Titus Young 2.0, Lions fans.

  6. buzzardpointlookout says: Aug 4, 2014 5:03 PM

    I don’t understand the hate for Kris Durham. I think he is a decent #3.

    Jon Baldwin is a head case. We just got rid of one head case (Gym Shorts). Why go get another?

    Freaking Lions…

  7. purpleguy says: Aug 4, 2014 5:06 PM

    I’m not sure I would characterize this as an “award”.

  8. thegonz13 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:08 PM

    What have the Lions done to deserve this?

  9. darkneptune73 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:11 PM

    He gets cut before preseason week 4.

  10. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2014 5:14 PM

    The whole Titus Young thing clearly hasn’t scared the Lions off from talented WRs with issues. Part of me wants to prop them for picking up a big, talented player on the cheap and the other part of me wonders if they will ever learn.

  11. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:17 PM

    Seems like a good landing spot for him. Nothing against Detroit, but behind Tate and Johnson they don’t have much. He may be nearing the end of his run though if he can’t make it in Detroit.

  12. senoreno says: Aug 4, 2014 5:19 PM

    As a niner fan, this guy was terrible. The only thing he contributed to was taking a roster spot. He was the first guy cut, and couldn’t beat out undrafted guys

  13. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 4, 2014 5:20 PM

    He’s got talent for sure, but I don’t know what’s going on with the guy. Loved watching him with the Chiefs early on.

  14. pacificamjr says: Aug 4, 2014 5:20 PM


  15. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 4, 2014 5:20 PM

    Maybe Calvin Johnson can influence him in the right way, if he’s not a Titus Young type.

  16. flickaboogie says: Aug 4, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Lions have nothing to lose with this pick up, if he contributes: great, if not: bye bye.

  17. seanpbeck says: Aug 4, 2014 5:28 PM

    WTF Browns? At least see if a change of scenery wakes the kid up

  18. buzzardpointlookout says: Aug 4, 2014 5:35 PM

    The Lions just signed the death warrant for Ryan Broyles’ .

    Freakin’ Lions…

  19. buzzardpointlookout says: Aug 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    The Lions just signed the death warrant for Ryan Broyles’ (insert appendage here).

    Freakin’ Lions…

  20. vetelmo says: Aug 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    Good for him, just as long he is not on the Niners.

  21. theo547 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:05 PM

    The best thing this guy ever did in the league was get his ass beat by Thomas Jones.

  22. golions1 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:27 PM

    Either he straightens up real quick and works his — off (Unlikely) or he serves as an example of what Caldwell does with talented head cases (are you watching Nick Fairley?) Either way its good for the Lions. No risk to bring him in, no reason to keep him if he doesn’t work.

  23. 6ball says: Aug 4, 2014 6:42 PM

    At 6’4″ and 220 lbs, he’s built like Megatron. It’s easy to see why teams are enamored with him.

  24. bigwalt2990 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:58 PM

    My SF fan buddy tells me Balwin isn’t fast enough to go deep, his route running and hands aren’t good enough to do anything else…but he’s tall….Camp body. I would think Mayhew has learned his lesson about locker room cancers by now..

  25. samschellyolsen says: Aug 4, 2014 8:45 PM

    Some guys are athletic and built LIKE a star receiver but forever reason high receiver draft picks like Baldwin can’t preform being a NFL receiver. Its a mental game as well. His chances will run eventually if he cant produce soon.

  26. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    He had fantastic hands with the Chiefs in his first year. You could tell he could be very good. Not sure what happened to him.

  27. radar8 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    Welcome to prima donna football, Detroit. LOL.

  28. sosuhme says: Aug 4, 2014 10:03 PM

    The Lions didn’t make this move because they think Baldwin is a great receiver. They made it because they think he’s better than their worse receiver. It’s a waiver claim. Geez.

  29. jkaflagg says: Aug 4, 2014 11:45 PM

    Bill Belichick once told his protege Thomas Dimitroff not to trade up for Julio Jones – he could stay with his late 1st round pick, take Jon Baldwin and keep his other picks…..

    Belichick is a great coach, but it’s a good thing he has a talent for accumulating extra draft picks – he makes as many personnel mistakes as most of his contemporaries.

  30. timmmah10 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:09 AM

    He doesn’t run routes well, Stafford doesn’t throw routes well… This could actually work out!

    But seriously, million dollar talent with a ten cent brain on Baldwin. Guy needs to learn how to run routes in the NFL. Maybe having someone like Calvin around him will help him. His previous mentor receivers were Dwayne Bowe and Crabtree….

  31. PokeSalad says: Aug 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    Perfect match: Baldwin catches footballs like Detroit runs city government.

  32. silvercrush33 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:27 PM

    Talk about some Schottey reporting…..

  33. jjackwagon says: Aug 6, 2014 3:25 PM

    In three receiver sets, I could see him getting wide open with Tate and Megatron getting all the attention of the DB’s. Too bad he can’t catch.

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