The New York Giants spent much of the offseason looking for help on their offensive line. Is Steven Baker, a player who spent most of last season on the team's practice squad, a player who can provide them with some depth? Let's take a look.
2013 Season In Review
Baker was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Kansas City Chiefs in January, but was waived during training camp. He was initially added to the Giants' practice squad Sept. 13, and spent three stints there.
The Giants like the 6-foot-8, 310-pound Baker enough to have signed him to a reserve/futures contract following those practice squad stints a season ago. Baker originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He was released by the Colts on Aug. 31 and joined the Arizona Cardinals practice squad roster on Sept. 3.
So, what is it that the Giants see in Baker? Size and athleticism, that's what.
Coming out of East Carolina, SI.com called Baker "a terrific athlete with the size and movement skills to play at the next level." Strength was apparently a question for Baker, and he is considered a player who is limited to the right side.
Has Baker developed enough in two seasons of kicking around NFL training camps and practice squads to challenge for a roster spot? Considering that the Giants spent much of the offseason revamping their offensive line and adding veteran players for depth, Baker's chances of becoming the backup to Justin Pugh seem slim. Yet, the Giants have seen enough to keep bringing him back for another look. So, keep an eye on his progress during training camp.