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Kenjon Barner SI article - Good stuff.

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Good read..but not getting my hopes up for him.  

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It appears he is doing the right things but as the article pointed out he will need to translate that speed into productivity and be able to block. 

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I do remember a smallish rookie WR who returned punts and kickoffs his rookie season and there were a lot of moments that I held my breath when he got the ball because he too would caugh up the ball, but he acutually turned out pretty good. Not comparing the two, but players do learn from mistakes a work to improve.

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I checked out his instagram the other day and he looks like he's bulked up a good little bit this offseason.  Hopefully he'll be able to take those hits without exploding like a RG3 rag doll now.

 

Hope the guy shows something this year because I really liked the pick.  If he can turn into a productive returner and we get him involved in the screen game I think he could be our Darren Sproles.

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I was a Barner fan coming into last season, but I saw nothing on the field from him that said he belongs in the NFL. Maybe he can make something happen in the open field, but he seems to fall down from the breeze created by a missed tackle.

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If we are being honest he most likely needs to have a great camp as a special teamer in the return game to make this roster. I really hope we can find him creative ways to get the ball in space this pre-season because he just isn't a running back that's going to run between the tackles in the NFL. If Barner is to reach his potential here in Carolina it will be in a Sproles type role and he actually need to put him in position to get those touches. Outside of Underwood he is probably the fastest and quickest player on this offense. I for one am not confident Shula and co. can use him correctly. Running him the same way we do the rest of our backs isn't going to bode well for him because he isn't that type of player. I have a feeling if we drop him some team with a creative head coach/OC will scoop him up quickly.

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