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

AP

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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    coutre,

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. you have to catch the football

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. @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?
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    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.

  10. 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”

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

    Coutre is Andy Reid 🙂

  12. Hey Trollonto,

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

    But that’s still not saying much.

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