Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/7/12
In some ways, the situation is hard to evaluate: Did Sam Baker lose his job as the Falcons' starting left tackle last season because of injury or lack of effectiveness? The bigger question might be at what point does the distinction cease to matter? Baker started the first six games of the 2011 season, but then after undergoing back surgery during the team's bye week -- a situation the Falcons did not reveal until roughly six weeks later -- Will Svitek started the remainder of the games at left tackle, even though Baker was active for the final six games. Not helping the perception that Baker lost his job for performance-related reasons was the fact that the Falcons inserted him at right guard for a few brief plays during their Dec. 11 game at Carolina. However, during offseason team activities this spring, Baker is back at the spot that has essentially been his -- barring injury; and there have been a number of those -- since the Falcons selected him in the first round out of So...
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