Baldwin excited to work with Kaepernick
Jonathan Baldwin was impressed with Colin Kaepernick last Friday, when Baldwin watched Kaepernick as a Chief. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
While warmups were taking place prior to the exhibition game Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium, one particular Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver had a case of quarterback envy.
Receiver Jon Baldwin caught a glimpse of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick firing passes and shared his observation with some of his teammates.
"It's kind of funny because before the game, I was watching him in warmups. And I was saying, 'He throws a pretty good ball.' I was talking to some of the other receivers about it on our team -- when I was in Kansas City," Baldwin said Tuesday on his first full day with the 49es after he was acquired in a trade for A.J. Jenkins.
"And they were saying, 'Yeah, he (does) throw a pretty good ball.' And, then, two or three days later, I'm here. So it's kind of funny how things work out. It's a blessing in disguise and I'm looking forward to this great opportunity to be here."
Baldwin went without a catch in the Chiefs' first two exhibition games with Alex Smith as the team's quarterback. On Friday, Smith overthrew him on two passes against the coverage of 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio assessed Asomugha's coverage on a play in which Baldwin ran deep post pattern into the end zone. The pass fell incomplete.
"Yeah, he was in good shape there and our free safety C.J. (Spillman) was in good shape in the middle of the field. The quarterback (Smith) overthrew it," Fangio said. "But we were in pretty good position there. I think we would have had a chance to make the play if the ball was thrown better."