According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin is expected to make the 49ers final roster after coming over in a trade with the Chiefs.
Jon Baldwin will be on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. His upside is greater than anyone else the 49ers will end up cutting. It’s fair to give him some time to become familiar with the offense. But this is a guy who was a first-round draft pick just two years ago.
What’s fair and what isn’t? I don’t know. I certainly don’t want to get into labeling these guys. It’ll all be determined by how they perform in games and behind closed doors at practice.
Right now, Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore are the front-runners to be on the field with Anquan Boldin in two-receiver formations. If those guys are not producing, Baldwin would get his chance early in the season to become the No. 3 guy. And if that goes well, he could work his way into the starting job at split end. He probably has more physical talent than any of the other wide receivers. If his hands cooperate, he could play a factor in this offenses. That’s fair, right?
I’m not sure what the 49ers should expect from Baldwin this season, but they need to give him a chance to learn their system.