PFF: Budda Baker highest graded safety in Week 11

Nov 24, 2017, 2:18 PM | Updated: 3:49 pm
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker celebrates a fumble recovery during the first half of an NFL f...
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker celebrates a fumble recovery during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In just his first full start at safety, Arizona Cardinals’ Budda Baker showed he can play at an elite level.

His Week 11 performance didn’t go unnoticed as he was the highest graded safety in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, beating out New York Giants’ Landon Collins, Miami Dolphins’ T.J. McDonald and Minnesota Vikings’ Harrison Smith.

With a 99.4 rating, Baker beat out Collins by 5.2 for the top spot.

In Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, the Washington product was all over the field. He finished the day with 13 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and two pass deflections.

Baker’s presence was known early Sunday when he was able to get to quarterback Tom Savage for the strip-sack. The Cardinals, down 7-0 at that point, would capitalize on the turnover with a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald on the ensuing drive to get the game back to even.

With starting safety Tyvon Branch done for the year, Baker’s number got the call and he made the most of the opportunity.

“All the type of things Tyvon did I did exactly,” Baker told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Paul Calvisi after the game, adding, “Didn’t do enough to win the game.”

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (98) walks out before an NFL game between the Arizo...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Doug Kyed advises Arizona Cardinals to bring back DL Corey Peters

With the Cardinals' current roster construction, PFF's Doug Kyed believes Arizona should bring DL Corey Peters back once more in 2022.
2 days ago
Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (77) protects his quarterback during the fi...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals take OT Paris Johnson Jr. in ESPN 2023 NFL mock draft

ESPN's Matt Miller thinks the Cardinals will beef up the offensive line in his first 2023 mock by selecting Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, and Byron Murphy Jr. (7) celebrate after an NFL foo...
Wills Rice’s Patra ranks Cardinals’ cornerbacks among weakest rooms in league

The Cardinals enter training camp with a few question marks personnel-wise on the defensive side of the ball, especially at cornerback.
3 days ago
Nick Scott #33 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals after a recep...
Sam Graveline

PFF: Tight end shaping up to be biggest position battle for Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals head into training camp expecting to have healthy competition at a handful of positions, including at tight end.
4 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with fans after beating the Houston Texans 31-5...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: The timeframe of Kyler Murray’s contract extension

We haven't heard much lately when it comes down to Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and a contract extension. When will a new deal get done?
4 days ago
Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts to a defensive play during the first half against...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals LB Markus Golden among players with best team-friendly deals

Arizona Cardinals LB Markus Golden's contract cracked PFF analyst Brad Spielberger's top team-friendly deals ranking.
4 days ago
PFF: Budda Baker highest graded safety in Week 11