Jerome Baker bulking up in Dolphins’ new defense

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Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker was listed at just 215 pounds as a rookie last season, but with a new coaching staff bringing a new defense, Baker says he’s getting bigger.

Baker said he’s lifting weights to bulk up and was at 227 pounds in minicamp.

“I feel like a new player, honestly,” Baker said, via the Palm Beach Post. “I feel stronger. I feel faster. . . . I got in the weight room a lot. That was my main thing, just working out as much as I can and hopefully improve so it pays off in the season.”

The Dolphins were pleased with what Baker did as a rookie, playing 62 percent of their defensive snaps and 41 percent of their special teams snaps and recording three sacks and a pick-six. They’re hoping he can do even more in his second season, first with head coach Brian Flores, and perhaps become one of the building blocks for an improved defense in Miami.

6 responses to “Jerome Baker bulking up in Dolphins’ new defense

  1. Jerome Baker is very talented. I thought that they were considering using him as a DE. If he can get up to around 240 – 250 pounds; he could possibly make some noise.

  2. Very hard worker… love this guy, he will definitely be a leader in the defense for years to come

  3. Will be fun watching Baker In a variety of sets rushing the passer, setting the edge and back in pass coverage. He’ll be a monster in all duties.

  4. He may be the next suprise young star in the Miami Dfense just like Howard was plesent suprise and made a huge jump from a nobody to a rising star from year one to his 2nd year. I would say the same thing about Fitzpatrick but everybody already expects that he will be a star player so it won’t be a surprise to anybody if he becomes a star

  5. Miami’s D problem isn’t defensive backs with Howard, MCain, Fitz, Jones, McDonald, Aikens, or LBs with Alonso, Baker, and MacMillan. Their problem is defensive Line…and, oh yeah, Offensive Line (which it’s been that way since 2008! If Ju’Waun James wasn’t such a penalty machine I’d miss him too! Signing Jordan Mills is a laugh!). Until both lines are any good, no way is Miami gonna even hope to contend.

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