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.
Baker was a full participant at Friday's practice to help avoid the questionable designation. The rookie second-round pick is in line to make his fifth consecutive start for the Cardinals on Sunday.
Baker has been eased into Week 15 prep due to a thigh injury, which sidelined him from the entirety of Wednesday's session. Now on a plausible road to active status Sunday at Washington, the rookie will look to uphold his standard from four consecutive starts in which he accrued 33 tackles (27 solo), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Baker didn't practice Wednesday due to a thigh injury.
Since taking over as the starting strong safety in Week 11 for Tyvon Branch (torn ACL), Baker has been a force, racking up 33 tackles (27 solo), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception in four games. With an injury in tow, Baker's health is one to monitor as Sunday's matchup with the Redskins approaches.
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