To measure Baker's impact, I looked at the play-by-play calls of the five games he started as the primary left tackle. I created three stats: Runs through LT, Run Yardage through LT, and LT Yardage Percentage (percent of LT run yards out of total run yards). Here's the breakdown:
|Opp||Runs thru LT||
|LT YD %|
AVG Run thru LT: 5.4
AVG LT YD: 47.8
AVG LT YD %: 27.1%
Sam, a rookie OT, accounting for 27% of the run yardage in his five starts is somewhat phenomenal. He certainly proved he was worth the high draft pick. With Baker (fingers crossed) staying healthy this year, this stat should increase in the 2009 season.
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