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August 20, 2013
Baldwin has quick first step: He's already sidled up to Anquan Boldin

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Jon Baldwin's first route with the 49ers was a good one. After his initial team meeting with the 49ers today, he made a bee-line to 10-year veteran Anquan Boldin.

"When I was in KC, Steve Breaston was there," Baldwin said after the 49ers' morning walk-through. "He always talked up Anquan Boldin - how smart he was and how he learned some things from him. With that being said, now with me here I should be able to do the same thing and learn a lot from a player that's been in the league and excelled for years and years."

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said seeking out Boldin - as well as Vernon Davis and some other offensive leaders -- was a smart move. "If I was a young player and I didn't do that, I would want somebody to smack me in the head," Roman said.

After being taken with the 26th overall pick in 2011, Baldwin is learning his fourth offense, which may be one of the reasons he never flourished in Kansas City. Like the Chiefs, however, the 49ers run a version of the West Coast offense, which Baldwin said should help him pick things up quickly.

He also said he's looking forward to working with Colin Kaepernick, whose arm strength popped out to him during pre-game warm-ups Friday in Kansas City.

"I was talking to some of the other (Chiefs) receivers about it, and they were saying, "Yeah, (Kaepernick) does throw a pretty good ball,'" Baldwin said. "And then two or three days later, I'm here. So it's kind of funny how things work out."

Baldwin said he caught perhaps 15 passes from Kaepernick in the morning session. He has been issued No. 84, which was worn last year by Randy Moss.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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