Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Breakout Candidate: Jonathan Baldwin

Jon Baldwin

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Across the web last July you probably would have found numerous articles predicting this very thing for Jonathan Baldwin. The Kansas City Chiefs‘ wide receiver has been a popular pick to breakout the last couple of years, whether it’s fantasy football or real football, people can see the potential in this guy.

As it turned out, the Chiefs were terrible in 2012 and Baldwin did jack crap. In total, he hauled in 20 passes for 325 yards, while finding the end zone only once. His sophomore campaign resulted in only a slight increase in production from his rookie season and Chiefs’ fans were left scratching their heads.

But that was last year, now we’re talking about a third-year receiver who’s going to be a part of a revamped offense under new head coach Andy Reid. Of course Baldwin will also have a new quarterback to get him the ball in the form of Alex Smith, which won’t hurt either.

Just by being around those two guys, alone, I believe his production will increase dramatically. His physical abilities are off the charts, but so far he just hasn’t had the proper personnel around him to channel his talent. Reid and Smith are the guys for the job.

While Baldwin may not be ready for a 1,000-yard season, I don’t think a double in his production from 2012 is out of the question. He could easily be a guy who racks up 700 yards through the air and five or six touchdowns to go with it. Given that Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster could all potentially be on the field at the same time as Baldwin, the third-year receiver should have no trouble getting open while seeing a ton of one-on-one coverage.

 

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