New York Giants rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker reflects on his shaky performances during his first two NFL games.
The New York Giants defense has been nothing short of disappointing in their journey to start the year 0-2. They allowed 35 points in Week 1 to the Dallas Cowboys and then gave up 28 points to the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills.
One of the individuals who’s seemed to struggle the most is rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker. Big Blue selected the University of Georgia product in the first round (No. 30 overall) of April’s draft. Through two games, Baker has struggled mightily, and he ultimately admits to not playing up to his standards.
“Right now, I’m not playing as fast as I could be,” he said, per Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. “But that just comes with the preparation and timing. Within our room, the guys are helping me get the scheme right. It will come.”
Baker has most certainly contributed to the 642 allowed passing yards through the first two weeks. That statistic lands the Giants at No. 30 in the NFL in that department. However, as any professional defensive back should, Baker is focused on the future, not the past.
“You just have to have short-term memory,” Baker said after the Giants’ 28-14 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. “It’s always [about] the next play. So just forget about last play. You can’t redo it, so make sure it doesn’t happen again. Just learn from it. It’s all about learning.”
If Baker continues to struggle, look for the Giants to give rookie corner Corey Ballentine more and more reps as time goes on.