Chiefs fans were thrilled to see their first-round draft pick step on the gridiron and make his National Football League debut until the list of inactives were released. Baldwin’s name was placed on the inactive list.
Baldwin sat back on the bench during Sunday’s 28-24 comeback victory over the Colts. He witnessed teammates Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston snag two passes for touchdowns.
Matt Cassel has recently played well as the Chiefs are showing their willingness to rely more on their passing game after the loss of star running back Jamaal Charles.
They are seventh in the league in rushing, but have yet to score a touchdown on the ground. All eight touchdowns scored by the Chiefs this season have involved Cassel passing the ball to Bowe, Breaston, Leonard Pope and Jamaal Charles.
Baldwin was close to playing on Sunday. With a bye week now in place, it is safe to bet that he'll be ready to go in two weeks when the Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders.
With the recent growth of Breaston, who has caught 11 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, it will be interesting to see how Baldwin gets involved with the offense.
But how will Cassel continue to exploit the Chiefs passing game when Baldwin returns and plays his first game? The answer is coming.
If the Chiefs can prove their passing game can continue to play at a high level on the road against a more challenging team, then the Raiders will have to worry about two receivers who have played well lately, along with a first-round rookie making his debut.
Next time the Chiefs play, we will finally get a chance to see how Bowe, Breaston and Baldwin work together under one unit with Cassel under center. Baldwin will have the opportunity to showcase himself at the professional level.
Baldwin was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh after the Chiefs traded away their 21st overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. Baldwin injured his thumb after getting into a fight with teammate Thomas Jones.