How does Jon Baldwin fit in with the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs? Andy Reid briefly discussed Baldwin at the NFL owners meetings.
The Kansas City Chiefs receivers for the 2013 season are coming into focus. Dwayne Bowe was re-signed to a five-year deal, which means he's back in the fold. Free agent Donnie Avery was inked as part of the Chiefs free agent class. Then there's Dexter McCluster, who Andy Reid says he likes and who will also return to the Chiefs in 2013.
"You don't think of (Dwayne) Bowe as a speed receiver," Reid said when asked about the ability of the Chiefs receivers to make plays down the field (comments via the Chiefs). "You think of him as a big, strong, physical guy, which he is. You've got (Donnie) Avery and (Devon) Wylie, Scott (Pioli) had taken the year before. Both those two possess a lot of speed. That helps you with your deep threat. It helps really all the way around, taking the top off the defense and helping you with the short, intermediate game."
So what about Jon Baldwin? We haven't discussed him much this offseason. It's almost as if we've forgotten about him at times.
"Baldwin is kind of a tweener," Reid said. "He does have good, long speed, not great long speed. He's somebody that needs to continue to develop. That's a position that you need time to develop in. We'll see how he does."
As I've said before, the Chiefs are in a tough spot at receiver. I don't think they want to replace spend lots of money or draft picks on a receiver just yet because Baldwin is still young enough that he could develop. Of course, Baldwin could also be a bust and do nothing for the Chiefs. That's the predicament they're in.
Here's to hoping Baldwin flourishes with Andy Reid and Alex Smith.
What do you think about where Jon Baldwin fits this season? Will he be an impact player or not?