Make no bones about it — Chris Baker likes to show people how hard he’s working.
Whether it’s through his Twitter or Instagram photos or the gallons of sweat dripping from his body after practice, Baker — all 6-foot-2, 333 pounds of him — definitely stands out.
But Baker — the 24-year-old defensive lineman for the Redskins — wants to get one thing clear.
“I work out hard, so I like to show off my body after I work out,” Baker said with a smile Friday after the team’s morning walk-through practice. “Some people call me a fat guy, but after I work out, I look pretty muscular.”
Case in point: The photo above, in which Baker answered his own question, “How u feel Bake???,” with the answer, “Pectaculous.”
Then there was the time Baker referred to himself as Swaggy McSwag Swag:
Baker has also been showing off his inner-John Stockton in the afternoon training camp practices by rolling up his shorts way above his knees.
Believe it or not, Baker doesn’t do it simply to show off his tree-trunk legs.
“I sweat a lot, so they get kind of huggy,” he said Friday while tugging at his shorts. “So I just roll them up to keep them from sagging down. I work out hard, so I got to show them all these muscles in these legs.”
But beyond all the self portraits and funny sayings, Baker is a talented football player that has caught the eyes of his coaching staff during practices this training camp.
Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan has raved about what Baker adds to an already-talented returning defensive line.
“He’s played defensive end and nose tackle, and with his size and quickness, he’s got the chance to play both and he’s been working at both of those positions over the last couple of days,” Shanahan told the media after Wednesday’s practice. “I’ve seen some tremendous strides out of Chris and he’s got a big upside.”
All jokes aside, Baker’s improvement has been the result of hard work.
“I’ve been working hard all offseason,” Baker said. “I put in a lot of work. Now that training camp is here, the hard work’s been showing off. I’ve been in this system for a whole year, so I kind of know what to do in the defense.”
Baker — who spent time with the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins before joining the Redskins last September — thinks Washington’s defense, particularly its front seven , could make some noise in 2012.
“If you have a strong front seven, your defense will be pretty good — our front seven is pretty good right now,” Baker said. We’re still fine-tuning things and working hard together.”
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