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Pitt's Jon Baldwin Impressing Chiefs

Last season, Jon Baldwin -- the No. 26 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs -- didn't make a great first impression in the NFL, getting in a fight with then-teammate Thomas Jones and not winning much praise for his behavior outside of games or his performance in them. That seemed unfortunate for the Chiefs, who arguably reached to get Baldwin in the first place.

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Now, though, it looks like things are changing.

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"Jon has done a great job of taking to the coaching that has been given to him," Chiefs receivers coach Nick Sirianni said during training camp. "He takes his weaknesses and turns them into strengths. He comes to practice every day, just like all of our guys. He’s a professional trying to improve every day."

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Baldwin got extra reps in training camp this year due to Dwayne Bowe's holdout, and it appears he's taken advantage of them. Baldwin was only 22 last season, so if he really has turned over a new leaf, it wouldn't be the first time a player his age has suddenly taken a step forward in his maturity.

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For more on Pitt football, check out Cardiac Hill. For more on the Chiefs, there's Arrowhead Pride.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.