Baker, Chris

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Chris Baker
Chris Baker was a tight end for the New York Jets from 2002 until 2008.

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Background and college

Born November 18, 1979, in Queens, New York, Baker moved to Saline, Michigan at age 14 and graduated from Saline High School. He attended Michigan State University, where he was a four-year letterman at Michigan State making 47 consecutive starts and boasted a string of 24 straight games with at least one reception.

NFL Career

As a Jet

The catch
Baker was taken by the Jets with the twenty third pick of the third round (88th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent most of his time backing up such luminaries as Doug Jolley and Anthony Becht. During the 2005 season, he served as backup to Jolley until becoming injured and placed on the injured reserve list. In 2006, after Herman Edwards was replaced as head coach by Eric Mangini, Baker had a breakout season in 2006. He set career bests in receiving yards, receptions, touchdowns and starts. He made the headlines in a game against the Cleveland Browns. With the Jets down 20-13 and on 4th down, Baker made an amazing one handed catch, but was forced out of bounds. Incredibly the officials ruled it wasn't a forceout.

2007 would be Baker's best season, however, in the following offseason, the Jets would sign Bubba Franks, and then draft Dustin Keller. Baker wasn't happy, and made sure people knew about it, crying to the press, walking out of the team's offseason conditioning program. "I'm angry about the fact that they said, 'We're going to do something for you,' and nothing's being done," Baker said, according to the New York Post. "It doesn't make any sense. I've been here six years and I've always done what they've asked me to do." Baker's agent requested the Jets trade him, but this was declined. Baker would play in all the Jets games in the 2008 season, and finished with 21 receptions, but no touchdowns.

On February 20, 2009, Baker was released by the Jets.

After the Jets

A week after being released, Baker agreed a deal with New England.

Statistics

    Receiving   Rushing   Returns
Season Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Att Yds Avg TD Lng KR Yds Avg TD PR Yds Avg TD
2002 2 14 7.0 0 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 23 7.7 0 0 0 0.0 0
2003 14 137 9.8 0 24 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 6 3.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2004 18 18.2 10.1 4 23 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2005 18 269 14.9 1 47 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 11 5.5 0 0 0 0 0.0
2006 31 300 9.7 4 28 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 15 7.5 0 0 0 0.0 0
2007 41 409 10.0 3 22 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 18 6.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2008 21 194 9.2 0 29 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Total 145 1505 10.4 12 47 0 0 0.0 0 0 12 80 6.7 0 0 0.0 0 0
The forceout

Personal

Currently, Chris Baker resides in Long Island, New York. Baker also loves to fish for a summer hobby. His younger half brother, Vince Helmuth, plays football at the University of Michigan.

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