KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Jonathan Baldwin #89 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by Le'Ron McClain #44 after Baldwin caught a pass for a touchdown during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jonathan Baldwin made the play of the day, going up to win a jump ball against Stanford Routt by making a leaping, one-handed grab for a touchdown. The play was only slightly less spectacular than his around-the-defender catch last season against the Broncos, the one that was wiped out by a penalty. Even though this one happened in practice, Baldwin solidfied his reputation as a receiver who will make the tough catch and win the matchups that otherwise might be 50-50 for a smaller receiver.
There was the opening session last week when Baldwin made a diving catch over his outside shoulder deep down the left sideline. Two days later, he hauled in a leaping grab in traffic.
This week, Baldwin's blatant disrespect for gravity turned into a one-handed touchdown catch that his set teammates and the media members covering practice abuzz.
Routt's biggest mistake was in not pinning both of Baldwin's arms. Baldwin made the catch one-handed, and all Routt could do afterward was shake his head.
"It happens," Routt said. "I'm not worried about it. It's football. Sometimes you make the play, and sometimes he makes the play."
Coach Romeo Crennel said last week that he planned to rotate personnel at safety and nose tackle throughout OTAs.
Quinn and Stanzi have been alternating in practice as the No. 2 quarterback. Stanzi took his turn Tuesday, throwing several nice passes in a seven-on-seven drill. He later finished a full-squad two-minute drill with a touchdown pass to Jamar Newsome.
"It's good to get out there and go through that situation," Stanzi said. "It's an important one. You can talk about it a lot, but it's nice to actually go out there and (play) it out. You see some different situations come up and different plays that can be called and you can learn a lot from putting it on tape."
"Boss has been a good teammate so far. We get along great, and we go over little details like routes and blocking. The more tight ends on the field the better. Having multiple tight ends on the field is good for balance. Every team you see is using multiple tight ends. Hopefully, me and Boss can contribute to that."
It's conceivable that Kansas City could get off to an 0-5 start with daunting showdowns against 2012 playoff teams Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore. A Week 2 road date at Buffalo will be no walk in the park and you have to keep in mind that the Chiefs are just 3-7 against the Chargers over the last five years (2-3 at home).
The backend of the schedule features some more favorable matchups, but three of Kansas City's final four games take place on the road, where the Chiefs have gone 10-14 over the last three years.
Both are being counted on to return to form in 2012, but we're picking Berry as our man under the microscope in Kansas City. Some of our "Under Pressure" targets are on the hot seat for poor performance; some find themselves at a career crossroads; Berry is a different story. He's on our list because the success of this defense hinges on his return this season. Where Berry goes, the Chiefs will go.
There's a steep learning curve for rookies entering the NFL. Dontari Poe and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs' draft picks are learning that in a hurry.
Poe said after practice Tuesday morning that the biggest difference from college football is the mental side of the game. There's more to learn in general, and what is learned has been far more intricate, making the first couple weeks of practice an all-out cram session.