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Making use of Josh Baker

Here's a little bit about Baker in case you were wondering about what type of player he is:

Baker (6-2, 248) was a dominant tight end for the Bearcats last season, but projects as a fullback/h-back in the NFL. He visited with the Jets prior to the NFL Draft and chose to sign with them over Tampa Bay and New Orleans, according to the St. Joseph News-Press.

The Jets made Baker their top priority of the undrafted rookie class.  According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Baker's signing was the first official transaction after the lockout.

"(Josh) is a very talented young man," said Northwest Missouri State head coach Adam Dorrel. "It will be interesting to see what they do with him. I watched some of their games, and they like to utilize the fullback and H-back. He can play either one. In that type of offense, you got to imagine he'll be a guy that will be involved in the play-action game and be able to turn those into gains. He breaks tackles. That's why he's got a chance at that level."

 

I like this kid.  He looked pretty good in pre-season and I think we can do some things with him.  Love that his coach talked up his tackle breaking skills.  I'd love to see him in that H-back role he talks about, preferably on 2 & short situations.  With the attention that Keller draws, and the attention our RBs will be getting as pass catchers, we can sneak this kid into the flats or up the seams to make some plays off play-action. 

We can also motion him from the FB position into the slot, between Keller and Holmes (or Plax or whoever), which will cause some issues for the defense.  Do they send a backer out with him, bring a safety down?  It very well could help open up the running game AND the passing game.  It becomes harder to bracket Keller and harder to give help on Holmes.

As much as I like Cumberland, Baker might very well do more to help open things up for this offense.

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