Chiefs Add Potential Spark In Return Game

The Chiefs announced Tuesday morning that they had signed street free agent CB Mikail Baker.

Baker (5-11½, 195 pounds) played his college ball at Baylor University, where he set all the school’s career records on kick returns; he had 83 returns for 1,963 yards, an average return of 23.7 yards with one TD. That was a 93-yard score against Iowa State during the 2008 season.

He was selected in the seventh-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He did not play in the pre-season because of an injury and went to the injured-reserve list before the start of the regular season. He was released via an injury settlement last October.

The Chiefs are in dire need of a spark in their return game, whether its kick returns or punt returns. In the last three seasons, they’ve had one punt return TD (Dexter McCluster on September 13, 2010) and one kick return TD (Jamaal Charles on November 22, 2009) in 49 games. That’s a 32-game drought for punt returns and a 39-game drought for kick returns.

Baker is a 24-year old native of Dallas, who attended Skyline High School.

2 Responses to “Chiefs Add Potential Spark In Return Game”

  • April 17, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Last couple of years I thought we’d found his replacement. Not yet. God, I miss the excitment of the X-Factor. Maybe now.

  • April 18, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    For those of you that truly study the game you would probably agree with me that there is nothing harder than returning a punt. Anymore these kickers are so good with their “hang time” that is is darn near impossible to return one for a TD. I think with kickoffs you have a little better chance but now with the new stance of kicking off from the 35 most of them end up in the end zone anyway and are not even run back. I do look forward to seeing what this young man can do.

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