Report: Sam Baker heading towards retirement

It looks as if Sam Baker‘s career is finished. The former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle, who was released from the organization back in June, hasn’t been linked to any teams over the past couple months and into training camp. Baker’s father, David Baker, informed Gil Brandt of Sirius XM NFL Radio, that his son “probably just concluded his career.” The 30-year-old has...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Falcons OT Sam Baker’s Career “Probably” Over Due To Injuries

David Baker, the father of former Falcons OT Sam Baker, tells Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio that his son “probably just concluded his career” because of injuries he’s dealt with over the past seven seasons. The Falcons elected to part ways with Baker a few months ago in a move that cleared $4.5 million in available ... The post Former Falcons...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Father: Former Falcons OT Baker 'probably just concluded his career'

It appears the playing days of former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker have come to an end. David Baker, Sam's father and the Pro Football Hall of Fame president, told Gil Brandt and me Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that his son "probably just concluded his career" because of injuries that maligned him for most of the past seven seasons in Atlanta. Baker, 30, was released...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Guard

In the last two seasons, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked 75 times. That speaks for itself as the franchise's most urgent need heading into the 2015 season. Change was the bold theme on the offensive line with veterans Sam Baker and Justin Blalock now gone and a sea of new additions arriving in Atlanta upon the new era of football under coach Dan Quinn. Both guard positions...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Offensive Tackles

The subpar performance from the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line in the past two years has led to some changes. The most notable of these changes is the zone-blocking scheme that new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has installed. A zone-blocking scheme means the offensive linemen will all move in a certain direction assigned to block a certain area. This differs from most run...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent history should warn Falcons not to offer Mathis huge contract

Sam Baker. Justin Blalock. Evan Mathis. There's a commonality among these three players, and it goes farther than just their shared job title of offensive lineman. All three looked for a bigger or better contract well past the time in their career when they should have. But that doesn't mean asking was a bad idea. Baker and Blalock both landed lengthy contracts when they sat down...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Atlanta Falcons have one of the best draft classes of the last decade?

Take a second and think back on the Falcons’ 2006 draft class … You had Matt Ryan and Sam Baker in the first round, Curtis Lofton in the second, and then Harry Douglas, Thomas DeCoud and Kroy Biermann later in the draft, too. That draft produced six full-time starters and a total of 657 games played, and in one year, they went from 4-12 to 11-5. Pretty good, huh? In fact, that...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The state of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line

For what feels like the 10th consecutive offseason, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves going into a summer with questions on the offensive line. With the recent retirement of Justin Blalock, who the Falcons released earlier this offseason, the Falcons already had a glaring hole at the left guard spot. Now with the oft-injured Sam Baker having been released earlier this offseason...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons release long-time tackle Sam Baker

The Atlanta Falcons parted ways with tackle Sam Baker on Tuesday, a player who had been with the team since 2008, per PFT. Baker missed all of 2014 with a torn patellar tendon in his knee. The former 1st-round pick signed a new six-year contract in 2013 and was scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2015. He was expected to be in the mix as a starter, but the lingering knee issue...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Transactions: Monday 6/15

49ers 49ers waived OL Chris Martin. (NFLTR) Buccaneers Buccaneers signed second-round G Ali Marpet to a four-year contract. (NFLTR) Eagles Eagles signed OL Jared Wheeler. (NFLTR) Falcons Falcons released OT Sam Baker. (NFLTR) Falcons signed first-round pick OLB Vic Beasley. (NFLTR) Packers Packers waived G Marcus Reed. Panthers Panthers signed LB Thomas Davis to a two-year...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Atlanta Falcons release offensive tackle Sam Baker

Since holding down the Falcons left tackle job for much of his first five seasons, Sam Baker has seen his career sidetracked by numerous injuries. Today, after seven years in Atlanta, the Falcons have released Baker. Falcons announce they've cut OT Sam Baker. Lots of injuries of late, but was solid for a while, part of Dimitroff's first draft class. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Release Tackle Sam Baker

After two consecutive injury-plagued seasons, the Atlanta Falcons have released former starting left tackle Sam Baker. The former first-round pick has started just four games in the past two years after being a staple in the team’s starting lineup for the previous five years. The Falcons have released veteran OT Sam Baker: —...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons release veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker. The team announced the move Monday. Baker started 61 of his 70 career games, but injuries have hindered his progress. He missed last season after tearing his right patellar tendon during a preseason game, has undergone three back surgeries and even lost his starting job during the 2011...
Via AP on Fox
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons Release Veteran OT Sam Baker

The Atlanta Falcons announced the release of veteran OT Sam Baker on Monday. Baker, 30, still had another four years remaining on his six-year, $41.1 million contract that included $14.25 million guaranteed. He would have made base salaries of $4.5 million (2015), $5.25 million (2016), $6.5 million (2017), and $6.6 million (2018) over the remainder of the contract. According...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons sign G Chris Chester

Prior to this move, the Falcons had a massive need at left guard where Sam Baker, who has missed 28 of 32 games over the past 2 seasons combined after tearing both patellar tendons, was penciled in as the starter. Chester wasn’t the top guard available on the open market, as I think Rob Sims and Justin Blalock are better players, but Chester is a better fit for the Falcons’ zone...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Problems still exist on Atlanta Falcons offensive line

The Atlanta Falcons seemingly took care of many needs this offseason in free agency and in last weekend’s NFL Draft. The one unit which still remains under scrutiny might be the most important this season in terms of success. Atlanta still may not have solved all of its issues with its offensive line. The Falcons have a handful of linemen still recovering from surgeries: starting...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons get busy with voluntary minicamp

After listening to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 1010XL this morning Jacksonville, it is certainly clear that the Atlanta Falcons need help with their pass rush. Ledbetter took part in the radio station’s 11th Annual NFL Media Mock Draft, picking Clemson’s Vic Beasley to help play the LEO position in Dan Quinn’s new defense. It’s a solid pick...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons All-Drafted Offense

Here is the offensive lineup for the Atlanta Falcons all-drafted team.QB- Matt RyanRB- Jacquizz RodgersRB2- Devonta FreemanWR1- Julio JonesWR2- Harry DouglasTE- Levine ToiloloRT- Jake MatthewsRG- Peter KonzC- Joe HawleyLG- Mike JohnsonLT- Sam BakerBreakdown of lineup:Choosing Matt Ryan and Julio Jones for the starting spots at their positions could be called a “no-brainer”. The...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Atlanta Falcons shock us all with their first round draft pick?

He is a scenario you may not have thought of concerning the Atlanta Falcons and the NO. 8 pick in the NFL Draft. Do the Falcons go rogue and take another offensive tackle instead of drafting a defensive lineman? I know, I hear the boos and your comments about the pick and some of you are thinking of ways to hurt me in some form or fashion, but the idea is not as far-fetched as it...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will learn more about injuries with open workouts

If the Atlanta Falcons are going to make a move past the 6-10 record they recorded last season, they will need to get past injuries that seemed to plague the franchise for the second season in a row. Now that new head coach Dan Quinn has had a chance to look at the lay of the land, add some key additions through free agency on defense and at tight end and plan a course with management...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will learn more about injuries with open workouts

If the Atlanta Falcons are going to make a move past the 6-10 record they recorded last season, they will need to get past injuries that seemed to plague the franchise for the second season in a row. Now that new head coach Dan Quinn has had a chance to look at the lay of the land, add some key additions through free agency on defense and at tight end and plan a course with management...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

What Is Wrong With the Atlanta Falcons Offense?

The Atlanta Falcons were bad last year.  Blame last year on the injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White.  But the Falcons are still bad, what is the problem? Nine weeks into the season quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked 15 timesWhile Jones and White are healthy, there are more important players on the offensive side.  Tackle Sam Baker, tackle Lamar Holmes, center Joe Hawley...
Via Football Nation
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Offensive line goes from bad to worse

Going into week 1 of the season with their matchup against the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons starting offensive line was as follows: LT Sam Baker, LG Justin Blalock, C Joe Hawley, RG Jon Asamoah, and rookie 1st round pick Jake Matthews at right tackle. Mike Johnson, Peter Konz, and Lamar Holmes, all formidable linemen, added to the rotation that made up what was supposed...
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Place two Starting Offensive Linemen on IR

Injuries just won’t let the Atlanta Falcons succeed. Fresh off a 2013 campaign that saw them lose multiple starters on both sides of the ball, the Falcons have once again found themselves victim of the injury bug. Starting left tackle Sam Baker was lost for the season with a torn patellar tendon back in August. While that was a huge loss in and of itself, the news today that Atlanta...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons offensive line decimated by injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The already banged-up Atlanta Falcons offensive line has been decimated by injuries against the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons lost three starting linemen in the first three quarters Sunday, forcing them to play tight end Levin Toilolo at right tackle in the fourth. Left guard Justin Blalock left the game in the second quarter with a back injury, right tackle Lamar...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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