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Isaiah Simmons Could Be A Little Budda Baker-esque

So a player works at six different spots on defense and is going to be a major piece of the Cardinals' defense and ... he isn't Isaiah Simmons.

Instead, it's Budda Baker, and perhaps it gives a little insight that a) Simmons can indeed be that Swiss Army knife even if he "focuses" on inside linebacker and b) Vance Joseph does have an idea how to move a player around.

A recent article on noted that Baker played 647 snaps at safety in 2019, 174 at outside linebacker, 155 as a slot corner, 39 at inside linebacker, 31 as an edge defender, and 22 at outside corner. That feels very Simmons-esque, at least in the context of versatility (I'd guess Budda, Pro Bowler that he is, might actually want it to be said that the rookie might actually be Baker-esque rather than the other way around.)

With a player like Simmons, Baker might actually be moved around a little less -- sometimes those snaps at inside linebacker and slot corner were to allow Baker to match up with a tight end, which figures to become more of the domain of Simmons and/or fellow inside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, although Baker mostly found himself in those spots blitzing or getting an inside receiver. That may or may not be something Simmons does a lot, at least early on.

You can't deny Baker's versatility, nor that of Simmons, and again, that's one of the areas everyone will be watch how Joseph deploys in 2020.

S Budda Baker runs off the field after a game in 2019