The Giants hope what they see from DeAndre Baker is rookie growing pains because at this point it is fair to be alarmed. Baker rarely allowed touchdowns at Georgia – none last season and only 10 first downs from receivers covered by Baker – and was so highly-regarded that Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 16th-best player in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants got him at No. 30. On a 51-yard completion to Cole Beasley of the Bills, Baker was so off-the-mark on his coverage former Giants linebacker and current Giants radio analyst Carl Banks took to Twitter to post “He did something that defies the basic instincts of playing cornerback.” Baker loafed and failed to pursue Demaryius Thomas on a 47-yard catch-and-run for the Jets, prompting a talking-to from coach Pat Shurmur.
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