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Jon Baldwin Puts in Extra Work

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Jon Baldwin and Colin Kaepernick have spent extra time after practices and on off-days working on their timing.

Colin Kaepernick was throwing passes at 49ers headquarters over the weekend.

Jon Baldwin was catching them.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver has recently made a habit of putting in extra work with the 49ers starting quarterback. The two have spent time after practices working on timing and continued that work routine over the weekend when the 49ers were not in action.

“I’m just trying to get on the same page with Colin and do all the things he needs me to do to get on the field,” Baldwin, the third-year pro said on Tuesday.

Baldwin, a former first-round draft pick who was acquired by San Francisco late in training camp from the Kansas City Chiefs, made his 49ers debut in a 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Baldwin caught two passes for 19 yards, including a 15-yard reception to convert a third-down play.

“I finally got an opportunity so, it’s been good,” said the 49ers wideout who has moved up the depth chart in recent weeks.

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Initially, Baldwin learned the offense as part of San Francisco’s scout-team offense. Now that he’s been in town for more than a month, Baldwin has built a solid understanding of Greg Roman’s playbook. It now looks like Baldwin is in line to be more involved in the coming weeks.

Baldwin’s post-practice route-running with Kaepernick has been crucial to the big receiver’s development.

“Not being able to get those throws with him, after practice was the most time for me to get opportunity to get some throws with him,” Baldwin said. “It was a good thing to do.”

Last week’s production, however, will not distract Baldwin’s mindset for the season.

“You just have to keep working,” Baldwin said. “That’s the main thing, work and just be ready whenever.”

Baldwin has kept a consistent approach ever since he joined the 49ers in exchange for the team’s 2012 first-round selection, A.J. Jenkins.

Baldwin has practiced each week like he was a starter and could now be in line to start this Sunday night against the Houston Texans. Rookie fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton was San Francisco’s No. 2 receiver last week in St. Louis, but left the game with a fractured foot after his first NFL reception.

Baldwin stepped in and made plays for the 49ers.

The team is looking to continue his development against the Texans. Baldwin also feels better prepared for the matchup. He revealed senior offensive consultant Eric Mangini, a former head coach in the AFC, broke down Houston’s secondary in San Francisco’s offensive meetings.

“I took a lot of notes on them, things they do well and things they don’t do as well,” Baldwin said.

So while the young receiver has a good understanding of his opponent, he still won’t get ahead of himself. Baldwin will continue to prepare like a starter and will soon get a grasp of his Sunday role based on his practice snaps.

“You always want to play, you want to get out there and help your team,” Baldwin added. “That’s the one thing I wanted to do, I wanted to help, but I understood I had to get on the same page with Colin, do all the things he needed me to do to finally get that opportunity.”

Baldwin is not looking back at his time in Kansas City, either. He’s only concentrating on helping his new team.

“I’m here,” Baldwin said. “That’s the past. I’m just looking forward to each and every day and making the best of my opportunities.”

So is Baldwin gearing up for a breakout game in Week 5?

“I don’t really talk about those things,” the 49ers wideout said in response to a beat writer’s question. “The only thing I can do is stay humble and work as hard as I possibly can.

“That’s all you can do. Give your best effort and visualize your attacks.”

Extra time on task with Kaepernick, the starting quarterback, has helped Baldwin emerge in the 49ers receiving corps.

“We try to work on the plays I’ll be running instead of going out there and running a general route tree,” Baldwin detailed of his routes with Kaepernick as the team’s ‘X’ receiver.

“He trusts in me and believes in me because we’ve drilled those routes after practice and also during practice.”


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