Baker (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's road game versus the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Baker appeared on the first two injury reports as a non-participant due to an ankle injury, but he was able to tough it out and handle every practice rep Friday. After an 11-tackle showing Sunday against the Redskins, he boasts 7.6 tackles per game in his eight-game run as a starter stemming back to last season, making him a prime IDP candidate.
Baker (ankle) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Baker has opened Week 2 preparations with a cap on his reps in back-to-back sessions. Since entering the starting lineup Week 11 of last season, the strong safety has posted a whopping 61 tackles in eight contests, which equates to 7.6 stops per outing. As such, his status will be one to watch for IDP purposes in advance of Sunday's road game against the Rams.
Baker tallied 11 tackles (eight solo) in a Week 1 loss to the Redskins. Baker was impressive in his rookie campaign a year ago and picked up right where he left off. The 22-year-old safety has yet to snag an interception in 17 career games, but he's been a rangy safety who's been able to rack up tackles. Look for him to be a key player on the Cardinals' defense next week against the Rams.
Baker accrued 74 tackles (58 solo), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack in 16 games during the 2017 season. Primarily a stud special teamer for the first half of his rookie campaign, Baker was pressed into action Week 9 after strong safety Tyvon Branch suffered a torn ACL. Baker parlayed a nine-tackle performance in that game into a starting gig thereafter, a seven-game span in which he racked up 50 tackles. Due to his nose for the ball and the Cardinals' propensity to deploy five or more defensive backs on most plays, the 2017 second-round pick will have a regular spot in the secondary for the foreseeable future.
Baker recorded 13 tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Giants. Baker tied a game-high in tackles Sunday, as the rookie logged a season-high 72 defensive snaps in the contest. Although he was a integral part of the Cardinals' defense Sunday, it is his special team skills that got Baker elected to the Pro Bowl earlier in the week. He is still poised to see a healthy dose of defensive reps in Sunday's season-finale against the Seahawks.
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