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Sam Baker

Sam Baker - #72 - T

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 5"/ 301 lbs.
Birthday 05/30/1985
Birthplace Tustin, CA
College USC
Years played 6
Drafted 2008, 1st round, 21st pick by Falcons

Week Eight primer: Falcons-Eagles a game in contrasts

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 7:06 p.m. ET
Here are the top 15 story lines for Week Eight as we approach the midpoint of the season.

NFC South Spin cycle: Panthers are in disarray

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 2:05 p.m. ET
The Saints beat the Bucs, and the Panthers are still a mess, as most of the NFC South came up short with the Falcons on bye.

Run defense under Falcons' microscope during bye

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:56 p.m. ET
The Falcons anticipated there would be a drop-off vs. the run, but it's an area the team is focused on improving.

Falcons' Turner wrestles with signs of decline

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 8:14 p.m. ET
Michael Turner expressed his frustration with the team’s running game after he rushed only 11 times in Atlanta’s win over the Raiders.

NFC South Spin cycle: Freeman roller coaster continues

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
With the Panthers and Saints on bye, the NFC South went 2-0 vs. the AFC West on Sunday.

Bryant's game-winner keeps Falcons undefeated

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Roddy White caught a TD pass and Matt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks as the Falcons remained unbeaten.

Power rankings: Watt keeps Texans in top spot

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 10:18 a.m. ET
J.J. Watt had another big game as the Texans avoided an upset in Week Five to remain 5-0 and No. 1 in PFW's Power Rankings.

NFC South Spin cycle: Week Five

Posted Oct. 08, 2012 @ 1:02 p.m. ET
The Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, and the Saints finally have a victory, but the Panthers continued their downward spiral.

Falcons still unbeaten after win over 'Skins

Posted Oct. 07, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m. ET
Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play in a 24-17 win over the Redskins.

Knowledge, experience paying off for Falcons QB Ryan

Posted Oct. 04, 2012 @ 11:51 p.m. ET
Theories explaining Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s outstanding start to the season are in abundance, and don't overlook the role intangibles have played.

Key matchup: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III vs. Falcons defense

Posted Oct. 03, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
The Falcons' defense will have its hands full with another dual-threat quarterback after struggling against Cam Newton in Week Four.

Power rankings: Cardinals fly up the ranks

Posted Oct. 02, 2012 @ 10:46 a.m. ET
The undefeated Cardinals moved up in this week's edition of the PFW Power Rankings, but they still sit behind fellow undefeateds the Texans and Falcons.

NFC South Spin cycle: Week Four

Posted Oct. 01, 2012 @ 1:11 p.m. ET
For the second week in a row, the Falcons are the only NFC South team celebrating a victory on Monday.

Bryant field goal lifts Falcons past Panthers

Posted Sept. 30, 2012 @ 5:22 p.m. ET
Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and Matt Bryant added three field goals as the Falcons rallied past the Panthers, 30-28.

McClure says Falcons need to make defenses respect run

Posted Sept. 27, 2012 @ 10:22 p.m. ET
The Falcons are in a somewhat unfamiliar position with their running game ranked 25th in the league heading into Week Four.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted March 12, 2013
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a six-year contract with Sam Baker, bringing back another key play on a team that came up just short of the Super Bowl.||||||| The deal with Baker was announced late Tuesday night. It was overshadowed by the big news of the day in Flowery Branch - tight end Tony Gonzalez has decided to come back for another season at age 37, after initially saying he was likely to retire.
Posted Oct. 23, 2011
Baker is active for Sunday's game versus Minnesota.||||||| Baker missed four games with a back injury.
Posted Oct. 24, 2008
Baker was on the inactive list for Atlanta's game against Denver on Sunday.||||||| Baker, a first-round pick from USC, has started five games but was held out Oct. 26 against Philadelphia with what was called a hip injury. Baker was examined by specialists who found a problem in his lower back, and underwent surgery. His return is still uncertain.
Posted Sept. 28, 2008
Baker was on the inactive list for Sunday's game against Carolina after undergoing concussion tests this week.||||||| Baker has been forced to leave the last two games and was listed on the injury report as having an illness.
Posted Sept. 15, 2008
Baker was hit in the head in the first half of Sunday's 24-9 loss at Tampa Bay and did not return.||||||| Coach Mike Smith said Baker's status would be evaluated Monday.

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