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Josh Baker
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Baker during the 2011 NFL season.
Free agent
Tight End, Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-25) December 25, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Chesapeake, Virginia
High School: Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Northwest Missouri State
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the New York Jets
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2011 2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     3
Receiving yards     27
Touchdowns     1

Joshua Stevenson Baker (born December 25, 1986[1]) is an American football tight end and fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northwest Missouri State. He played high school football at Western Branch High School.

College careerEdit

Baker began his collegiate career at the University of Delaware in 2005. Although among the team's top scout team players, Baker did not participate in a formal match-up that year.[2] In 2006, he was named the Blue Hens' third string tight end appearing in ten games in a back-up role primarily on running plays and special teams. Baker recorded one catch for no yards and had a 14 yard kickoff return.[2] In 2007, Baker was named the second string tight end and ranked sixth on the team in receiving totaling 20 catches for 344 yards and 2 touchdowns.[2] In 2008, Baker was suspended from the team for a year after violating the school's three strike policy which included infractions such as underage drinking and having a lit candle in his dorm room.[3]

Baker went to live with his father in Waco, Texas where he attended Collin County Community College and worked at an OfficeMax earning $9.00 an hour, enough to help pay his fees at community college.[3] He also worked with a professional trainer to stay in shape.[4] Delaware retained Baker's athletic scholarship and he returned for his redshirt senior season in 2009.[3] Baker tore knee ligaments in the first quarter of the Blue Hens' first game of the year thus ending his season.[4]

Baker was denied a medical redshirt and transferred to Division II Northwest Missouri State.[4] Baker had 66 catches for 838 yards and a touchdown, and 3 rushing touchdowns for Missouri in 2010 and was named to the Associated Press' Little All-America Team.[3][5]

Professional careerEdit

New York JetsEdit

The New York Jets signed Baker as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011.[6] To meet the roster requirement, Baker was waived by the Jets on September 3.[7] He was signed to the team's practice squad a day later.[8] Baker was promoted to the active roster on September 27, 2011 following a season-ending injury to tight end Jeff Cumberland.[9] On December 24, 2011, he caught his first career touchdown against the New York Giants.[10]

Baker suffered a severe knee injury on August 26, 2012 and was placed on the team's injured reserve list the following day.[11] He was waived by the Jets on February 19, 2013.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Josh Baker". Northwest Missouri State University Athletics. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6A6qpynw6. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Josh Baker". University of Delaware Athletics. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6A6pKFknX. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Dyer, Kristian (15 June 2012). "Josh Baker's 'long, crazy journey' to Jets". Metro New York. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6A6pmv9ky. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Cimini, Rich (29 August 2011). "Long shots: Undrafted and undeterred". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62HUvLodt. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  5. "Three Bearcats earn AP All-America honors". Northwest Missouri State University Athletics. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6A6qRb63w. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  6. Cimini, Rich (27 July 2011). "Jets announce UDFA class". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/60VEC695w. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  7. Mehta, Manish (3 September 2011). "Jets trim roster to 53; make two trades". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61fxP8a5i. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  8. Vrentas, Jenny (4 September 2011). "Jets awarded four players off waivers, including QB Kevin O'Connell; cut Aaron Maybin". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62058eExA. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  9. Jets Media Relations Department (27 September 2011). "Baker to Active Roster, Cumberland, Turner to IR". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/622hco1kM. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  10. Orr, Conor (11 July 2012). "Jets summer Q&A with fullback/tight end Josh Baker". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6A6qd28t2. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  11. Vrentas, Jenny (27 August 2012). "Jets waive/injured Josh Baker, trim roster to 74". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6AEkxHdxw. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  12. Lange, Randy (19 February 2013). "Five Are Gone, but ‘They’ll Always Be Jets’". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. http://www.webcitation.org/6EYayCT8i. Retrieved 19 February 2013.

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