SANTA CLARA – Jon Baldwin spoke at his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: Do you like your new number?
BALDWIN: I like it.
Q: Randy Moss had it last year.
BALDWIN: Yeah, I know he did. I’m just looking forward a great opportunity here. I’m just going to work hard and learn all these plays and understand the concepts of the offense and go from there.
Q: Have you gotten a chance to take an early peak at the playbook?
BALDWIN: Yeah. I got on it as soon as I got in. I did all of the things I needed to do from the physical standpoint, and as soon as I did that, I got into the offense and started learning the concepts and the plays. I’m starting to get on top of it and take an early jump.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you got traded? Were you elated to be coming to a team that went to the Super Bowl last season?
BALDWIN: It’s a great opportunity. I’m happy. It’s a blessing. I’m just looking forward to this great opportunity.
Q: Is it unsettling to get traded?
BALDWIN: It’s a business. There was nothing I could do about it. I’m here now I’m happy to be here. All I can do is just do whatever the coaches need me to do and learn these plays as fast as I can and get out here and help the San Francisco 49ers continue to win ball games.
Q: How do you best describe your game and what you bring to this team?
BALDWIN: Just making big plays. That’s what I want to do and that’s what I want to continue to do. When the opportunity comes, just make plays.
Q: You were the Chiefs’ 26th pick in 2011. Is there less pressure for you here?
BALDWIN: It’s a fresh start. I’ve just got to do what all of these coaches need me to do. Just be real precise with things and soak all of it in and get around Anquan and learn a lot of things from him – he’s been in the league a long time and he knows all the ins and outs and all the different things to beat certain coverages and things of that nature. Just soak all of those things up and just learn from him and take that step on to the field.
Q: Have you spent some time with Anquan already?
BALDWIN: Yeah, I spent some time with him. I spent some time with a lot of the guys, trying to understand the concepts. Being here less than 24 hours, you have to learn a lot of things. It’s coming. I spent a little bit of time last night before I went to bed trying to learn some of those things, so it’s coming.
Q: You’ve been in three offenses in three years?
BALDWIN: Four, actually.
Q: How tough is that?
BALDWIN: When you’re in a new offense, you can’t go back on the old offense you were in. You’ve got to starting learning the new stuff. The last offense I was in, there’s a little bit of carryover to what it is now. It helps to be able to hear some of the verbiage and terminology that I had in K.C. Some of that is the same here. That helps out a little bit.
Q: You dropped a pass against the Niners Friday night. Has that been an issue for you?
BALDWIN: No. We’re professionals, we want to catch them all but we may drop one or two. You pride yourself as a receiver to want to catch them all, but you can’t get too down on it. You’ve just got to go out and try to make the next play.
Q: Some people would look at your size and speed and wonder why you haven’t put it all together yet. What would you say to those people?
BALDWIN: People are going to have their own reasons for thinking that. I can’t change the way people think. As human beings, you can’t make everybody happy. The only thing I can do now is look forward to the future and look forward to the present.
Q: You have not had a quarterback like Kaepernick. Is that a big deal?
BALDWIN: Kaepernick’s a great quarterback – he’s fast, he’s athletic, he can throw the ball down the field and he has some zip on his passes. And he’s a very smart quarterback. Those things definitely help.
Q: Have you caught some of those passes already?
BALDWIN: Yeah, I have.
Q: How would you describe them?
BALDWIN: It’s kind of funny because before the game (Friday night), I was watching him in warm-ups. I was saying, “He throws a pretty good ball.” And I was talking to some of the receivers on Kansas City about it, and they were saying, “Yeah, he does throw a pretty good ball.” And then two or three days later I’m here. It’s kind of funny how things work out. It’s a blessing in disguise and I’m looking forward to this opportunity to be here.
Q: A lot of receivers are trying to make this team. With only two weeks before final cuts, how much pressure is there on you to get the reps you need?
BALDWIN: You can’t play the numbers game. You can’t really think about how many receivers are on the team, because once you get in your own head in anything – it doesn’t matter if it is football or life, period – once you’re in your own head, you already lost. The only thing you can do is when you’re called upon to go in, just execute to the best of your ability.
Q: Do you prefer Jon or Jonathan?
Q: Greg Roman said a young wide receiver who didn’t go up to Anquan Boldin and pick his brain should be popped in the noggin. It sounds like you’re already ahead of that.
BALDWIN: Yeah. When I was in K.C., Steve Breaston was there. He always talked up Anquan Boldin, how smart he was and how he learned some things from him. Now with me here, I can do the same thing and learn a lot from a player who’s done it in the league and excelled for years and years.
Q: Did you seek him out?
BALDWIN: I saw him in the meeting. I talked to him a little bit before we had the meeting. We have another meeting and I’ll get to talk with him. I’m going to be talking to him periodically.
Q: How many catches have you caught from Kaepernick so far today?
BALDWIN: About 15.