Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin (89) during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
I have failed you, Arrowhead Pride readers.
Throughout training camp I was hyping up Jon Baldwin as a guy to watch this season. I saw him in training camp and he looked terrific, showing his athleticism left and right. He's big, strong and skilled. There was a lot to like about Baldwin.
"Well he's trying to develop a role in the offense," Romeo Crennel said after the game of the Chiefs' second-year wideout. "He's working at it, and I think eventually he will have his spot and he will be making plays, but it just didn't come up today."
That implies Baldwin does not have a role in the offense right now, which is too bad. This is year two and a Chiefs first round pick is contributing very little on game day.
Overreaction? Probably a little bit, yeah. But over a 17-game sample, Baldwin has one game in his career with more than 30 yards receiving so perhaps the hype is my fault. I should've looked at the reality of the situation instead of getting hoodwinked in training camp.
I'm not necessarily putting this on Baldwin, by the way. Maybe Matt Cassel isn't targeting him. Maybe Romeo Crennel is keeping him out. Maybe this is on Baldwin. I have no idea.
But what we do know is that Baldwin on Sunday had 22 snaps, which means he was on the field for only 32 percent of the Chiefs offensive plays. Compare that to Dwayne Bowe (87 percent), Dexter McCluster (83 percent) and Steve Breaston (75 percent).
So on Sunday everyone was wondering the same thing: Where is Jon Baldwin?
@kentbabb Where is Jon Baldwin?— Jim Noble (@jnoble5826) September 9, 2012
I'd like to have an Amber alert for Jon Baldwin.— FredDinero (@AbstractLife) September 9, 2012
Does Jon Baldwin exist?— Kevin Scobee (@scobes15) September 9, 2012
Jon Baldwin?— Zach Bourquin (@zbChamp17) September 9, 2012
@arrowheadpride might as well have put Jon Baldwin on the inactive list too.— Nick (@Nick_Calvert34) September 9, 2012
Is Jon Baldwin on the field today? How about Eric berry? Derrick Johnson? Jesus— Danny Dolan (@ddolan12) September 9, 2012
Jon Baldwin lives.....on the sideline— Shizzy (@shizzyrocks) September 9, 2012
Oh by the way, Jon Baldwin is still on the roster. #Chiefs— Lance Twidwell (@Lance_THESPOKEN) September 9, 2012
Is Jon Baldwin on this football team?He dominated training camp, but has run for the hills during opening week.— Joe Viviano (@joeviviano1) September 9, 2012
YEAH, FOX ANNOUNCERS, GOOD POINT—WHERE THE HECK IS JON BALDWIN? #Chiefs— Chris Webb (@webby37) September 9, 2012
let's get flowers, tamba and lewis out there and try again. also, where are you, jon baldwin? #kcchiefs— Adam Paul (@adampaulcooper) September 9, 2012
@arrowheadaddict so in all this mayhem is Jon Baldwin still on the roster?— Michael Tavis (@MichaelTavis) September 9, 2012
@arrowheadpride Where is Jon Baldwin???— Jim Noble (@jnoble5826) September 9, 2012
Can ANYONE tell me why Jon Baldwin is not on the field at all?? #Chiefs— corey buhrman (@coreybuhrman) September 9, 2012
Is Jon Baldwin even at Arrowhead today?— AP (@MrAP4) September 9, 2012
Where is Jon Baldwin? #Chiefs— Dave Wilson (@dgwi) September 9, 2012
@jacobs71 where the hell is Jon Baldwin?— Mark Yoho (@rockhard4303) September 9, 2012
Is Jon Baldwin even on the field today?— Matt Davis (@KCRoyalFan) September 9, 2012
Has anyone seen Jon Baldwin today? He seems to have gone missing #Chiefs— Tyler Phillips (@tylerphillips14) September 9, 2012
where is Jon Baldwin?— Riley Couch (@RileyCouch) September 9, 2012
@mellinger where in the world is Jon Baldwin???? Is he hurt?? Seriously. MIA— R.J. Reeb (@bigredrayjay) September 9, 2012
Where is Jon Baldwin????— Chase G (@chasrock1) September 9, 2012
Where is Jon Baldwin— Jordan Peter (@jordanfpeter) September 9, 2012
Federal Witness Protection Program doing excellent job with Jon Baldwin today. #Chiefs— Merle Tagladucci (@MerleTagladucci) September 9, 2012
Is Jon Baldwin still a chief?#chiefs— Rob S. D. (@muhfuckerrob) September 9, 2012