From Arrowhead Stadium
Last week in Oakland, he finally got on the field.
Then he got his first NFL catch against the Raiders.
Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, rookie Jonathan Baldwin grabbed his first NFL touchdown catch, grabbing a 39-yard throw from QB Matt Cassel for the Chiefs first points of the night.
“This is a blessing to be out there, contributing and helping my team,” Baldwin said after the game. “It’s been a long while. I thank God every day for giving me this opportunity. Like this team, I’m going to stay humble.”
There is not much of a reason yet for Baldwin to doing anything but stay humble. He missed the season’s first five games because of that broken right thumb he suffered in training camp. But now, two games into his career, he finished the game as the Chiefs leading receiver, catching five passes for 82 yards, including that TD throw.
“Matt just threw it up to me,” Baldwin said of the score. “I went up and made a play for him. That’s how it was.”
Baldwin was able to get his body down in the end zone with the ball, despite the fact it looked like his momentum was going to carry him out of the end zone before he secured the ball.
“You’ve got to be aware of those things,” Baldwin said. “I knew I was close. I was going to make sure I got down.”
From no catches, to one catch last week, to five catches against the Chargers â€“ slowly Baldwin is making a spot for himself in the Chiefs offense.
“We got some production out of our young receiver,” Haley said. “I’ve been happy with his progression the last couple weeks. Everybody is excited about him.”
Nobody is more excited than his quarterback.
“He did a great job today,” Cassel said. “He made some big, big catches. That post route (TD play) obviously early in the game was outstanding. It was a great play by him.
“I think he’s a guy that continues to improve week in and week out. This was a big week for him, having a few catches here and there and being able to contribute.”