Players

Sam Baker
T #72
Height:
6-5
Weight:
301
Age:
29
College:
USC
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014 PRE):

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2
GS
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 70 61
2013 ATL 4 4
2012 ATL 16 16
2011 ATL 12 6
2010 ATL 16 16
2009 ATL 14 14
2008 ATL 8 5

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS

Originally selected as a first round (21st pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008. Signed a six-year contract with Atlanta on March 14, 2013.

2013 (FALCONS)

Started four games at left tackle before being placed on Injured Reserve on November 13, 2013. Started at left tackle against the New England, where he helped the offense total a season high 479 total yards (9/29).

TRANSACTIONS

Originally selected as a first round (21st pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008. Signed a six-year contract with Atlanta on March 14, 2013.

2013 (FALCONS)

Started four games at left tackle before being placed on Injured Reserve on November 13, 2013. Started at left tackle against the New England, where he helped the offense total a season high 479 total yards (9/29).

Career

Has played in 70 career games with 61 starts in six seasons with the Falcons. Anchors an offensive line that has blocked for QB Matt Ryan as he has re-written the Falcons record books. Started all 16 games at left tackle, protecting QB Matt Ryan’s blindside as the quarterback set franchise records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and touchdowns in 2012. Was named to USA Today’s All-Joe team for his unheralded performance in 2012. According to Stats LLC, Baker was not flagged for a holding or false start penalty all season and allowed a career low 3.5 sacks despite facing some of the NFL’s premier pass rushers in 2012. Part of an offensive line that produced a 300-yard passer (Ryan), a 100-yard rusher (Michael Turner), and two 100-yard receivers (Julio Jones & Roddy White) in a win over Dallas (11/4/12), which was the third time in franchise history the Falcons have accomplished that feat. In 2011, he played in 13 games with seven starts and blocked for QB Matt Ryan who threw for 4,177 yards with 29 touchdowns and RB Michael Turner who ran for 1,340 yards and 11 touchdowns. Started in 16 games at left tackle and was part of an offensive line that averaged 222.9 passing yards per game and 118.2 rushing yards per game in 2010. Made 14 starts at left tackle in 2009, helping the Falcons produce back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. In his rookie season, paved the way for the Falcons to finish second in the NFL in rushing, averaging 152.7 yards per game.

College

All-America first-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, adding second-team accolades from the Associated Press, College Football News and Sports Illustrated as a senior. A unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice and was named the team’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2007. A semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award as a senior. Selected as the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004.

Personal

Attended Tustin High School (California) and earned Super Prep, Prep Star, Student Sports and Tom Lemming Prep Football Report All-America first-team honors. Named to the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Sporting News Hot 100 and Tom Lemming’s Top 100. Was an Orange County Register All-Orange County first-team pick as a senior offensive and defensive lineman in 2002. He and his wife, Antoinette, live with their two dogs, Floyd and Rojo.

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