This is what we hoped when we drafted him. Unfortunately, LB Stephone Anthony, a former first round pick of the Saints was traded to us for a reason.
Unfortunately, Baker really stood out at WLB which is Kiko Alonzo's position. The Dolphins do not want to sit Kiko on the bench ... Gase loves this guy. I wouldn't be surprised to see Chase Allen given a practice to start at SLB.
Barry Jackson wrote:
“He’s a stud, really athletic, fast, quick,” Alonso said of Baker. “He can do everything asked for out of a linebacker.”
Baker was targeted seven times in coverage against Tampa Bay but allowed only 36 passing yards on those targets. He also had three defensive stops and a quarterback pressure and stopped a screen pass for a three yard loss.
“He made plays,” coach Adam Gase said. “That‘s all we’re looking for guys to do. Get lined up, get in the right spot. Makes plays. I thought Jerome played pretty well.”
Baker’s assessment of his first NFL game?
“I did my job,” he said. “That’s nothing to brag about. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Fine tune little things, hand placement, getting lined up right. That’s what I’m focusing on heading into game two. I did good on paper but there are a lot of things on film I definitely need to clean up.”
Asked what he does well, Baker said: “I’m smart and very aware. My speed is just one thing I’m blessed with, but knowing where to go and getting myself out of trouble when I’m in trouble is pretty much what I’m good at. I don’t want to allow myself in bad positions. That’s one thing I do very well.”
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