Chiefs' Andy Reid on AJ Jenkins-Jon Baldwin trade: 'Sometimes a fresh start can be good'

KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called the Jon Baldwin-AJ Jenkins trade a "fresh start" for both players. Read on for more Reid and AJ Jenkins on the trade.

Will the KC Chiefs and Francisco 49ers trade of Jon Baldwin and AJ Jenkins work out for both teams?

Andy Reid thinks so.

While he said "it didn't work out for [Jon Baldwin]" in Kansas City, he thinks a fresh start could be good for both players.

Reid went on to say that Jenkins and Baldwin have "similar situations" but their game, and their strengths and weaknesses, are different.

"What San Francisco is looking for, I think Jon will fit right into that program and what we're looking for here with AJ, I think he'll fit in and it'll give both of them a fresh start on their careers. I look forward to working with AJ and I wish Jon the best of luck with his new start there."

New start ... fresh start ... see the pattern?

"Things happen at different places," Reid continued, "and sometimes a fresh start can be good for guys for whatever reasons. Sometimes guys just don't fit, don't work into the system, they get a fresh start and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

Reid went on to explain the fit on both sides.

"[The 49ers] lost a big powerful receiver for a time in [Michael] Crabtree, and Jon fits in that role," Reid said. "We needed a little bit extra kick in there and we'll see if AJ can't give us a little bit of additional speed."

I asked AJ Jenkins if Reid had told him his role yet and he said he had not because he had just arrived in Kansas City. But Reid, who said he studied Jenkins "extensively" while he was at Illinois, pointed to his speed when asked about his strengths.

Then I asked Donnie Avery if speed was his strength as well, and he agreed that it was. They're both "speed" guys.

Reid also confirmed what the Chiefs depth chart told us earlier this week: Avery is the new starter with Baldwin gone.

"Avery is the starting X right now so that's how we'll start," Reid said. "AJ will get his feet wet. He'll learn what's going on and we'll see how things work for him there."

The takeaway on the initial reactions is that this is a "fresh start" for both sides. And no one was guaranteeing that it would work out, as Jenkins' placement on the third team suggests.

More from Arrowhead Pride:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker