McCluster, Baldwin buzz (or lack thereof)
August, 19, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN.com
UPDATE: And right on queue, the Chiefs have traded Jon Baldwin to the Niners for fellow borderline bust A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin will get a chance to find a role with the Niners offense, a group that is in need of someone to step up, while Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham work their way back from injuries. He'll have to prove himself this season, though, because his salary for '14 is not guaranteed.
We took a look at the Kansas City Chiefs' WR corps last week, including Dwayne Bowe's upside in Andy Reid's system and how Donnie Avery likely will be their No. 2 option. We also touched a little bit on how Dexter McCluster and Jon Baldwin have failed to live up to the expectations they brought to the NFL. After I wrote that note, the Chiefs played their second preseason game, during which McCluster played no role and Baldwin failed to catch any of the three passes intended for him.
“We gave him the opportunity this week and you have to catch the football,” Reid said of Baldwin. “That’s how it works, and he knows that and I know that. When we give you an opportunity, you have to make sure you take advantage of the opportunity … He needs to keep playing, and (when) given the opportunity, he needs to take advantage of it.”