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Giants rookie CB DeAndre Baker sprains knee; will get more evaluation Monday

DeAndre Baker, Giants

New York Giants rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker suffered a non-contact left knee sprain while participating in the team’s drills during Sunday’s practice, per The Record’s Art Stapleton.

Reportedly, there is “nothing definitive yet” on the MRI conducted today or on the severity of the injury, according to Stapleton.

Baker was among the Giants’ crop of first-round selections from the 2019 NFL Draft. After New York picked Duke’s Daniel Jones sixth overall and Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence at 17, the Giants chose the Georgia secondary product Baker at No. 30.

The Giants also selected cornerbacks Julian Love (fourth round, from Notre Dame) and Corey Ballentine (sixth round, from Division II’s Washburn) in April’s draft.

Among New York’s revamped secondary, general manager Dave Gettleman signed in the offseason 35-year-old safety Antoine Bethea, most recently from the Arizona Cardinals, and received third-year safety Jabrill Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with the Cleveland Browns. Also, notably, the Giants lost three-time Pro-Bowl safety Landon Collins to intra-division rivals Washington Redskins, who signed the highly touted secondary player to a rich, six-year contract.

Baker, who hopes to be healthy for his rookie season in 2019, spent four years with the Bulldogs in the SEC. He tallied 83 combined tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, and four tackles for loss in 36 games for Georgia.

Additionally, the New York’s secondary lost Eli Apple, a former first-round pick for the franchise, when they sent the Ohio State product to the New Orleans Saints midseason in 2018. It’s unclear at the moment the state of the Giants’ secondary, which looks banged up and fairly inexperienced.