It’s hard not to admire Colin Kaepernick as he steps onto the field, leading the San Francisco 49ers with his crisp passes and exhilarating runs.
Jon Baldwin was one of those admirers last Friday, as his Kansas City Chiefs faced the 49ers in a preseason. Kaepernick played just one series in addition to warmups, but that was enough to impress Baldwin.
Now, the Baldwin is a former Chiefs wide receiver after being traded to the 49ers on Monday for A.J. Jenkins, and is looking forward to playing with Kaepernick.
“It’s kind of funny because before the game I was watching him in warm-ups and I was saying, ‘He throws a pretty good ball,’” Baldwin said of Kaepernick, via the Associated Press. “And I was talking to some of the other receivers about it on our team — I mean when I was in Kansas City — and they were saying, ‘Yeah, he did throw a pretty good ball.’ And two or three days later, I’m here. 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.”
It is indeed a great opportunity. With Michael Crabtree out and Jenkins gone, the 49ers’ wide receiving corps doesn’t look all too impressive, with Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams on top of the depth chart. After them, it’s a bunch of unproven guys in Austin Collie, Chad Hall, and Ricardo Lockette.
And now, Baldwin will join that group of unproven guys. A first round pick of the Chiefs in 2011, Baldwin has yet to live up to expectations, much like Jenkins’ situation in San Francisco. In the preseason game on Friday against the 49ers, Baldwin had a horrible dropped pass that led to Andy Reid calling him out.
But now he is on a different team, with a different quarterback, in a different system, and Baldwin is welcoming the new chance.
“People are going to have their own reasons for thinking that way. I can’t change the way people think. As human beings we can’t make everybody happy,” Baldwin said. “The only thing I can do now is look forward to the future and look forward to the present.”