Baker during the 2011 NFL season.
|Tight End, Fullback|
|Date of birth:December 25, 1986|
|Place of birth: Chesapeake, Virginia|
|High school: Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch|
|College: Northwest Missouri State|
|Undrafted in 2011|
|Debuted in 2011 for the New York Jets|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Joshua Stevenson Baker (born December 25, 1986) is an American football tight end and fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northwest Missouri State. He played high school football at Western Branch High School.
Baker began his collegiate career at the University of Delaware in 2005. Although among the team's top scout team players, Baker did not participate in a formal match-up that year. In 2006, he was named the Blue Hens' third string tight end appearing in ten games in a back-up role primarily on running plays and special teams. Baker recorded one catch for no yards and had a 14 yard kickoff return. In 2007, Baker was named the second string tight end and ranked sixth on the team in receiving totaling 20 catches for 344 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2008, Baker was suspended from the team for a year after violating the school's three strike policy which included infractions such as underage drinking and having a lit candle in his dorm room.
Baker went to live with his father in Waco, Texas where he attended Collin County Community College and worked at an OfficeMax earning $9.00 an hour, enough to help pay his fees at community college. He also worked with a professional trainer to stay in shape. Delaware retained Baker's athletic scholarship and he returned for his redshirt senior season in 2009. Baker tore knee ligaments in the first quarter of the Blue Hens' first game of the year thus ending his season.
Baker was denied a medical redshirt and transferred to Division II Northwest Missouri State. Baker had 66 catches for 838 yards and a touchdown, and 3 rushing touchdowns for Missouri in 2010 and was named to the Associated Press' Little All-America Team.
New York Jets
The New York Jets signed Baker as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011. To meet the roster requirement, Baker was waived by the Jets on September 3. He was signed to the team's practice squad a day later. Baker was promoted to the active roster on September 27, 2011 following a season-ending injury to tight end Jeff Cumberland. On December 24, 2011, he caught his first career touchdown against the New York Giants.
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