Rashad Baker

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Rashad Baker
Rashad Baker 2007.jpg
Baker in December 2007
No. 26, 28, 32, 27
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-02-22) February 22, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Camden, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 2008 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles 78
Interceptions 5
Pass deflections 6
Stats at NFL.com

Rashad Steward Baker (born February 22, 1982) is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Tennessee.

Baker has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Early life and college career[edit]

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Baker attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden.[1][2] Baker then attended the University of Tennessee. Although Tennessee recruited Baker as a wide receiver, Baker switched to free safety in the fourth game his freshman year; Baker never played as free safety while in high school.[3] Baker started four seasons for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 2000 to 2003 and also ran 110-meter hurdles on the Tennessee track team.[2][3][4] With Tennessee, Baker started 41 of 45 games played and had 233 tackles, 11 interceptions, and 24 passes deflected.[2] Baker made second-team All-SEC honors in 2001 as a sophomore and first-team All-SEC honors as a junior in 2002.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 204 lb 3058 in 958 in 4.45 s 1.57 s 2.65 s 4.15 s 7.21 s 36 in 9 ft 9 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine;[6][7] see also scouting report

Buffalo Bills[edit]

A projected sixth-round pick for the 2004 NFL Draft,[7] Baker was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and played for the team through the 2006 season. Baker started 3 games of 14 played in his rookie season 2004 and never started any of 14 games played in 2005. As a rookie, Baker had 22 tackles, 1 pass deflected, 1 interception with a 26-yard return, and 1 forced fumble in 2004. In 2005, Baker had 18 tackles, 1 pass deflected, and 1 interception returned for 18 yards.[1]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On September 2, 2006, the Bills waived Baker. The Minnesota Vikings signed Baker the next day.[8] Baker played one game as a reserve for the Vikings on October 1 and was released on November 4.[8][9]

New England Patriots[edit]

Baker was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on November 7, 2006.[8] He played 5 games with the Patriots in 2006 with 5 tackles.[1] In 2007, Baker played 8 games and had 12 tackles.[1] He was released on December 19, 2007.[8]

First stint with Raiders[edit]

Baker was picked up by the Oakland Raiders off waivers on the same day he was waived by New England. In the 2008 offseason, Baker's jersey number was changed from 28 to 22 to accommodate free agent acquisition Gibril Wilson. He later changed his number to 27. In 2008, Baker played 10 games with 1 start for the Raiders and made 24 tackles, 4 passes deflected, and 3 interceptions.[1]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Baker signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 11, 2009. He was released on August 18.[10]

Second stint with Raiders[edit]

Baker re-signed with the Raiders on August 19, 2009. His number 27 was taken by Jason Horton, so Baker chose number 32. He was released from the Raiders on September 5, 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rashad Baker". NFL. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rashad Baker". Oakland Raiders. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Gaughan, Mark (August 20, 2004). "Undrafted rookie drawing attention at camp". Buffalo News. Archived from the original on August 22, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Men's track and field: Rashad Baker". Tennessee Volunteer. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Football: Rashad Baker". Tennessee Volunteers. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Prospect profiles: Rashad Baker". NFL. Archived from the original on June 10, 2004. 
  7. ^ a b "Rashad Baker". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Rashad Baker". New England Patriots. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/rashadbaker/2505824/gamelogs?season=2006
  10. ^ Wulf, Bo (August 18, 2009). "S Baker Released". Philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

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