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DeAndre Baker off to good start
Rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker, whom the Giants selected 30th overall in the NFL Draft after engineering a trade to move up to that spot, has had an impressive spring. Baker has mirrored receivers well and in the practices media had access to has gotten his hands on a number of passes.
Baker has managed to do that without being able to do the thing the Giants drafted him for — press receivers and get physical with them. NFL rules don’t allow that during this time of year.
“It’s all off-coverage and mirroring the guy, and getting your feet better. That’s all you can do right now,” Baker said on Thursday.
Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton (Auburn) played against Baker (Georgia) a number of times in college.
“I always thought that Deandre was a really good corner. Physical corner with the press. In my opinion, I thought that he was the best in this past draft” Slayton said.
“I would say to a degree probably playing with one hand behind his back. I feel like that is probably his strongest point is being able to press up on guys and just straight lock them down. You know, you’ve got space and there are a lot of other factors that go into it, but it’s just man on man when it is up there on the line. So I think when he has a chance to be able mix it up, I think you’ll see his best ball.”
Slayton called the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Baker “sneaky strong.”
“This past year we played each other and it was a back-shoulder ball and I tried to, I was basically going to just run into him and kind of bump him off,” Slayton said. “I ran into him and we just kind of stalemated; so he was a little bit stronger than I thought he was. He’s a good player.”
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