Jim Harbaugh confirmed that his newest player, whom San Francisco acquired in exchange for fellow wideout A.J. Jenkins on Monday, would share the reps Jenkins enjoyed since the start of training camp.
“Just one day, but good so far,” Harbaugh said of Baldwin’s first impressions. “He already has a résumé.”
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Baldwin’s track record comprises 41 catches in 26 NFL games spanning his first two NFL seasons in Kansas City.
The team knows he has physicality – his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame helped him become the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft – but it’s his mental aptitude that is being put to test this week.
“I’m just learning the playbook as fast as possible,” Baldwin said before Wednesday’s practice. “It’s all brand-new to me.”
Baldwin said he used Tuesday morning’s walk-through and the afternoon session in shorts and shells to learn basics. On top of his to-do list: learning the depth of his routes and building a rapport with quarterback
“You have to have your eyes on it the whole time,” Baldwin said of Kaepernick’s fastball. “That’s good because you know the ball is going to be there when you come out of your route.”
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Baldwin and Kaepernick first met in 2011 as both, then amateurs at Pittsburgh and Nevada respectively, were preparing during the pre-draft process. Ten picks after the Chiefs selected Baldwin that April, the 49ers jumped up to grab “Kap.”
“Have a past relationship with him a little bit,” Kaepernick said, “but it’s going to take time to really get a feel for him.
“He’s a big target, has good hands, is picking up the playbook quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do out there.”