The Kansas City Chiefs first round pick has a playbook. Normally that wouldn't be a news item but with the NFL lockout it is.
On Thursday night, the Chiefs selected WR Jonathan Baldwin in the first round while the lockout was lifted. By early Friday evening, less than 24 hours later, the lockout was back on.
In that short time period, Baldwin was allowed to talk to the Chiefs coaching staff. In an interview with Nick Wright of 610 Sports on Monday afternoon, Baldwin said he did receive a playbook sent to his house.
This was a close call. The Chiefs drafted Baldwin around 10:00 p.m. (Arrowhead time) on Thursday night and by 5:30 p.m. on Friday the lockout was back on. It's possible even if the lockout were in effect the entire time that he could have received a playbook from a teammate.
So he has his playbook. That's step one. The next step is getting to know the quarterback. He told 810 WHB on Monday morning that he would be working with QB Matt Cassel soon and on Monday afternoon told 610 Sports that he would be staying with Cassel for four or five days at some point to get some work in.
With the lockout back on, the Chiefs can't talk to their incoming rookies. If they're looking for a playbook, it will have to come from a teammate.
(The audio of the 610 Sports interview isn't posted yet. It'll be at 610Sports.com soon though.)