Reports shares latest on DeAndre Baker's status for NFL season, training camp
While facing armed robbery and aggravated assault charges, former Georgia defensive back DeAndre Baker’s status is uncertain for the upcoming NFL season, but it looks like he will be reporting to training camp.
After being told to skip the New York Giants’ virtual offseason program, it now appears Baker will be allowed to report to training camp along with the team’s other veterans on Tuesday. The New York Post recently reported that Baker has not been told to stay away from the team facility. An attorney for Bakers says the former Bulldog is ready to focus on football.
“The case in Florida is still just pending and we are hopeful of a dismissal soon,” attorney Patrick Patel told The Post. “But right now DeAndre’s ONLY concern is the team. And he will not be a distraction and will not be discussing the case. It is all about Giants and teammates now. He cannot wait to get on the field and out of the news.”
On Sunday, ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan included a Baker update in his report about the Giants dismissing kicker Aldrick Rosas who was recently arrested in a DUI hit-and-run accident:
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While Rosas is set to be released, the expectation for second-year cornerback DeAndre Baker is that he lands on an exempt list. Baker faces four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The alleged robbery occurred during an illegal dice gambling game at a Miramar, Florida, house with 15 to 20 occupants in attendance, a source told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. A commotion ensued after parties were accused of cheating with “loaded dice,” the source said.
Players such as Baker can only be placed on the exempt list by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, not the teams themselves. If Baker is on the exempt list, he would not count against the Giants’ active roster limit.
Baker was selected No. 30 overall by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft.