Film Room: Baker puts up another Dud

by Spiro Kasabian @Nyspawtsguy_spi

Before the QB controversy there was nothing but the New York Giants getting beat by the Bills.

The Giants traded up to land Deandre Baker in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.  The former Georgia Bulldog was a lock-down cover corner that won the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back in the country).  He didn’t let up a touchdown in his final two years at UGA.  All signs pointed to the Giants getting the corner they desperately needed opposite of Janoris Jenkins.

Baker’s transition to the NFL has not gone according to plan.  His rough start in Dallas could have been attributed to missing the entire preseason and being rusty.  Things did not get much better last Sunday against a lesser passer in Josh Allen.

Deandre was on the field for 67 snaps and allowed 7 catches on 9 targets.  He allowed 59 yards after the catch and was simply blowing assignments left and right.  Baker looks like he is a bit overwhelmed right now and the game seems to be moving too fast for him.

Low-lights:

  • Gave up a 26-yard completion in the 1st Quarter to setup the Bills first touchdown.
  • Gave up a 12-yard completion to Cole Beasley on 3rd and 10 to keep the drive alive.  Led to the Bills second touchdown.
  • Was so focused on a player running down the seam that he totally forgot to cover Beasley who was running wide-open down the sideline for what ended up being a 51-yard completion on 1st and 20.  This led to the Bills third touchdown of the day.

Baker moving forward:

I have faith in Baker’s skills and overall mindset.  I believe that he will bounce back from this.  Whether he needs to learn the playbook better, or Bettcher needs to put him in better positions to succeed (more man, less zone), Baker needs to get better quickly.  He seemed to have a much-better 2nd Half. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.

His confidence is at an all-time low and with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin up next on the schedule, the opponent level is not going to get any easier. 

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