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Atlanta Falcons


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

Key matchup: Falcons OLT Sam Baker vs. the 49ers' Smiths

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:08 p.m. ET
The 49ers' ruthless right side of Aldon Smith and Justin Smith will face off against a reborn left tackle in Sam Baker.

OLT Baker rewards Falcons for faith

Posted Dec. 28, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m. ET
Falcons OLT Sam Baker has allowed only 3½ sacks — the fewest he has allowed since his rookie year, when he played in eight games.

Falcons anticipate better start for offensive line

Posted Sept. 09, 2012 @ 1:41 p.m. ET
The O-line still has to prove it will not be a weak link, but we hear the Falcons are feeling confident that the protection for Matt Ryan will be improved from a year ago.

Left tackle giving Falcons reason to worry

Posted Aug. 24, 2012 @ 12:02 p.m. ET
With Will Svitek out for the season, rookie Lamar Holmes is getting the first crack at showing he’s up to the task of backing up the oft-injured Sam Baker.

Falcons OT Svitek out for season

Posted Aug. 20, 2012 @ 4:05 p.m. ET
Falcons backup OLT Will Svitek will miss the 2012 season with an arm injury, head coach Mike Smith announced Monday.

Falcons expecting Baker to return to pre-2011 form

Posted July 14, 2012 @ 12:51 p.m. ET
To fill one of the most critical jobs on offense, the Falcons are expecting OLT Sam Baker to put forth one of his best seasons.

Falcons' plan hinges on improvement from within

Posted March 24, 2012 @ 1:55 p.m. ET
Although they haven’t added many new players, the Falcons have not been sitting on their hands this offseason.

Falcons' Smith would be 'very comfortable' with Baker at OLT

Posted Feb. 26, 2012 @ 3:39 p.m. ET
Last season was a tough one for the Falcons' Sam Baker, but it appears he once again will have a chance to earn a starting job at left tackle in 2012.

Burning questions for Falcons' O-line

Posted Jan. 29, 2012 @ 2:05 a.m. ET
The offensive line will once again command the attention of the Falcons' decision makers this offseason, with C Todd McClure due to become a free agent.

Injury to Falcons' Baker gives Svitek opportunity

Posted Nov. 05, 2011 @ 8:43 p.m. ET
With the much-maligned Sam Baker out with a back injury, career backup Will Svitek will be protecting Matt Ryan's blind side for at least the next 3-4 weeks.

Falcons OT Baker to miss 3-4 weeks with back injury

Posted Nov. 02, 2011 @ 9:02 p.m. ET
Falcons head coach Mike Smith announced that starting OLT Sam Baker will be out for another 3-4 weeks with a back injury.

Packers-Falcons matchup of the day: Thursday

Posted Oct. 06, 2011 @ 3:45 p.m. ET
PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the third of five key matchups in the Packers' Week Five game against the Falcons.   

Changes coming to Falcons' O-line?

Posted Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:24 p.m. ET
Atlanta is considering a shake-up to its offensive line, especially the key OLT position manned by Sam Baker, according to NFC Whispers.

Solution to O-line woes not on Falcons' bench

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 9:08 p.m. ET
Opening up starting spots on the O-line to competition three weeks into the season wasn't part of the Falcons' blueprint for getting over the hump.

Falcons looking to tighten up protection for Ryan

Posted Sept. 24, 2011 @ 9:41 p.m. ET
Some observers are wondering if the Falcons have an O-line that will allow them to become more of a threat to throw downfield.

Falcons OLT Baker improving after rough start

Posted Nov. 05, 2010 @ 11:09 p.m. ET
Falcons head coach Mike Smith tried to put a damper on the rumors that OLT Sam Baker was in danger of losing his starting job to fifth-year veteran Will Svitek.

LB Anderson excelling for Panthers

Posted Oct. 23, 2010 @ 11:48 p.m. ET
Fifth-year LB James Anderson is having his best season, according to NFC South Whispers, and is providing one of the few encouraging signs for winless Carolina.

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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