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Cardinals' Budda Baker: Falls short of 100 tackles in 2023
Baker accumulated 87 tackles across 12 regular-season games in 2023.
Since opening his career with 74 tackles as a second-round rookie in 2017, Baker reached the century mark in the category in five of the next six campaigns, but falling short of that in the most recent season isn't shocking considering he was on injured reserve Weeks 2-6. His prorated (to 17 games) tackle count was 123, which would have been the second most to his actual tally of 147 from 2019. Otherwise, Baker didn't notch any sacks for the second year in a row and snapped his run of multiple interceptions at three seasons. He has one year remaining on his current contract, so a bounceback may be in the offing as he seeks another big payday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Double-digit tackles in loss
Baker recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bears.
Baker was able reach double-digit stops for the third time this season and first time since Week 10. The safety has remained one of the most productive at his position this year, racking up 73 tackles over the 10 contests he's appeared in so far.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Held to five tackles in loss
Baker accounted for five tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 45-29 loss to San Francisco.
Baker entered Sunday's game with an official "questionable" tag due to an illness, but he manage to play through the issue and handled his usual starting role. He did handle 98 percent of defensive snaps, however, which was his first time in nine appearances this season without playing 100 percent of snaps. The standout safety will look to make a larger impact on the road against Justin Fields and the Bears in Week 16.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Will play versus Niners
Baker (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Baker picked up the illness after the Cardinals' week of practice, but he is well enough to suit up for Sunday's NFC West contest. He's played every snap in his eight appearances this season and has accumulated 58 tackles (38 solo) on the year.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Iffy for Sunday due to illness
Baker was a late addition to the Cardinals' injury report and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers due to an illness, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Given that he was omitted from the injury reports issued Wednesday through Friday, Baker presumably came down with an illness at some point Saturday. The Cardinals will likely wait and see how the veteran safety bounces back from the illness over the next few hours before making a call on his status when the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. If Baker is unable to play, Arizona could turn to Joey Blount or Andre Chachere to replace him in the starting lineup.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Has another good showing
Baker recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 24-10 win at Pittsburgh.
Baker posted eight-plus tackles for the fourth time in his last five games in Week 13. He's been on a tear since missing five of Arizona's first six games to start the season, and he'll be a great IDP option after the Cardinals' bye in Week 14.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Posts nine stops in loss
Baker recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 37-14 loss versus the Rams.
Baker tallied nine-plus total tackles for the third time in his last four games in Week 12. He's had a resurgence since missing five of the Cardinals' first six games to start the season, and he projects as a good IDP play in Week 13 at Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Posts season-high 10 stops
Baker recorded 10 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's Week 9 loss to Cleveland.
It was a poor game for the Cardinals as a whole, but Baker put up a strong IDP performance by notching double-digit stops for the first time since Week 11 of last season. The veteran safety appears to be back in form after missing five games earlier in the campaign due to a hamstring injury. Baker has played every one of Arizona's defensive snaps since returning in Week 7.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Effective in loss
Baker logged six tackles (five solo) during Arizona's 31-24 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Baker logged six tackles for the second straight week since returning from a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old will look to produce again versus the Browns this week and help slow down their offense.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Plays all defensive snaps in return
Baker registered six solo tackles in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Seahawks.
Baker was activated from the Cardinals' injured reserve list Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained in Week 1. The injury didn't seem to impact his play as he was on the field for all 58 defensive snaps, and tied with Andre Chachere and Josh Woods for the most tackles on the team. Baker, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Cardinals, will look to continue to make his veteran presence felt in Week 8 against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Returning to action Sunday
Baker (hamstring) is active for Sunday/s game at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Baker thus is back in action for the first time since Week 1. When he's healthy, he's a candidate to log 100 percent of the defensive snaps in any given contest, but considering he was limited in practice Wednesday through Friday, the potential exists for the safety to have a cap on his reps Sunday. No matter, Baker has averaged nearly seven tackles per game across his six-plus campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Questionable to return Sunday
Baker (hamstring) has been deemed questionable for Sunday's Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Baker was placed on IR on Sept. 18 and has missed each of Arizona's past five games. He was able to log a trio of limited practice sessions this week, giving him a chance to play Sunday in Seattle. Baker's return would be well-timed, with Jalen Thompson being ruled out for the contest due to a hamstring injury.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Returns from injured reserve
Baker (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve and is expected to play Week 7 against the Seahawks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Baker is technically still listed as questionable despite limited participation in practice all week, but it doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to activate the star safety from injured reserve unless they intend for him to play. The five-time Pro Bowl safety has recorded 100-plus tackles in four of the last five seasons.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Budda Baker: Returning to practice
Arizona designated Baker (hamstring) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The transaction opens up a 21-day window during which the Cardinals must either add Baker to the 53-man roster or choose to leave the safety on IR for the remainder of the season. The Cardinals will likely see how Baker fares in practice this week before determining if he's fit to play in Sunday's game at Seattle. Baker was a top-performing IDP option when available in 2022, finishing with 111 tackles, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble over 15 appearances.... See More ... See Less
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