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32 Rashad Baker S
Year: 4 Yrs/Pat: 2
Born: Feb 22, 1982
Rashad Baker was claimed off of waivers by the Patriots on November 7, 2006 ... Originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee (4/04) ... Released by the Bills (9/2/06) ... Signed by the Minnesota Vikings (9/3/06) ... Released by the Vikings (11/4/06)..
2007 (7/0/0/7): at N.Y. Jets (9/9): Inactive. San Diego (9/16): Inactive. Buffalo (9/23): Saw his first action of the 2007 season in a reserve role at safety and racked up two solo tackles in the Patriots' 38-7 victory over the Bills. at Cincinnati (10/1): Played in a reserve role at safety and on special teams coverage units... Registered two solo tackles. Cleveland (10/7): Inactive. at Dallas (10/14): Inactive. at Miami (10/21): Played in a reserve role on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 49-28 victory over the Dolphins... Made one special teams tackle. Washington (10/28): Played in reserve at safety and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 52-7 win over the Redskins... Made one solo tackle in coverage and had one special teams tackle. at Indianapolis (11/4): Played in reserve at safety as the Patriots' defense aligned in nickel and dime package and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 24-20 comeback win... Credited with two solo tackles... Stood up the Colts' TJ Rushing after just a 16-yard game on the opening kickoff. at Buffalo (11/18): Played in a reserve role at safety and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 56-10 win over the Bills... Registered two solo tackles in coverage. Philadelphia (11/25): Saw action in a reserve role at safety in the Patriots' 31-28 comeback victory over the Eagles... Registered one solo tackle in coverage along with one special teams tackle. at Baltimore (12/3): Played in reserve on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 27-24 comeback win. Pittsburgh (12/9): Inactive. N.Y. Jets (12/16): Inactive.
2006 (1/0 - Minnesota; 6/0, 1/0 - New England): Claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Nov. 6, 2006 ... Played in a reserve role in one game with the Vikings ... Made his Patriots debut against the N.Y. Jets (11/12/06) ... Tied for the Patriots lead in special teams tackles once (vs. CHI).
N.Y. Jets (11/12): Made his Patriots debut and played on special teams coverage units. Chicago (11/26): Registered a solo tackle on special teams coverage. Detroit (12/3): Played on special teams coverage units ... Saw limited action at safety and collected a tackle. at Tennessee (12/31): Posted two special teams tackles on coverage units. at Indianapolis (1/21): Saw significant action in a reserve role at safety in the second half and notched a solo tackle ... Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units.
2005 (14/0 - Buffalo): Played in 14 games, seeing a majority of his action as a reserve safety and on special teams ... Finished the year with 13 tackles (4 solo) and one interception along with 12 special teams tackles (11 solo).
2004 (14/3 - Buffalo): Played in 14 games, including three starts, as a rookie after key starters in the Bills secondary were injured ... Finished with 40 tackles (16 solo) and one interception ... Also played on special teams and posted seven tackles (6 solo).
Was a four-year starter at Tennessee, starting 41 of the 45 games he played during his career ... Finished his career with 233 tackles, including 174 unassisted stops ... Also notched 11 interceptions, which ranks 11th on Tennessee's all-time list, and 24 passes defensed ... Nine of his 11 interceptions came in his sophomore and junior seasons. 2003 (Senior): Named a captain as a senior and was named Division I-A College Player of the Year by the Memorial Football Club of South Jersey ... Was a preseason All-SEC pick by the league media. 2002 (Junior): Despite missing final two regular-season games to injury, earned first-team All-SEC honors from league coaches and was a second-team pick by the Associated Press ... Finished third in SEC and 24th nationally with five interceptions and finished season with 60 tackles. 2001 (Sophomore): Led the team with four interceptions. 2000 (Freshman): Was named third-team Freshman All-America ... Recruited as a wide receiver, was shifted early in the fall to free safety and became an immediate starter.
Rashad Steward Baker was born February 22, 1982 in Camden, New Jersey ... Attended Woodrow Wilson High School ... Named to the All-State, All-Region, and All-Group teams during his senior season when he caught 37 passes for 730 yards ... Set a school career receiving yards record with 1,800 yards ... Also was a standout track athlete who competed in the 100M high hurdles (13.8) and 100M dash (10.7) ... Was a member of the nationally ranked shuttle hurdle relay team with a mark of 56.8, which was .3 off the national high school record.
In the Spring of 2007, Rashad sponsored 12-year-old Michael Lamberty of Camden, N.J. (Rashad's hometown) to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Michael had been nominated to attend the conference, but his family was unable to afford the associated fee.
In 2001, Rashad was a teammate of current Patriots Donté Stallworth and Kelley Washington at the University of Tennessee.