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Kenjon Barner SI article - Good stuff.

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http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/15/kenjon-barner

 

Really good article on Barner and what it takes going from college to the pros.

 

 

Perhaps the most stunning thing for Barner, besides the inevitable rookie wall, was how much more he was asked to do mentally at the NFL level. While his Oregon meetings with other backs were generally more toned as "Zone left? Zone right? Got it!", the Saturday night quizzes he and his battery mates had last season were far more comprehensive. Barner told me that the expectations regarding reading blitzes, understanding the positions of defenders, and wrapping your arms around the ways in which plays can change on the fly came as a fairly major surprise. If you want to know the 14 things you could or should possibly do when the weakside linebacker moves incrementally just so, taking a few of those quizzes is a good way to start -- and if you're not on the ball in those meetings, you won't get the ball when it's gametime.

 

 

 

 

"Oh, absolutely -- the rookie wall!," he recalled with a laugh. "For me, it was about Week 7. I was actually sitting in a meeting room, sitting next to DeAngelo, and I said, 'I don't know if I'm going to make it.' And DeAngelo yells out, 'He hit the rookie wall, y'all!' It's just a long season.

 

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Really good read. I'm pulling for Barner. He's got the potential to be the next Darren Sproles or the next Joe Adams. I just hope Shula puts him in positions to make plays, and that he makes the most out of the touches he's given.

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hmm.  well he better get his ass in gear or his ass is gone.

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He's gotta make some serious noise in TC, and preseason this year. I can only hope that he does.

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Joe Adams only got one year.  I honestly believe if our coaches saw more in Adams, Gettleman would have given him another shot.  I see the same with Barner.  If Gaffney shows he can hang onto the ball, cut Barner, we'll probably draft another RB in the 6th next year anyway.

 

Sure size can be overcome, if he really gets his head in the game, if not, see ya.

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I'm not sure Barner's playing weight last year was 200. Combine weight maybe...but he looked so fragile on the field. Hopefully he can get to 205 and learn the playbook.

 

DLo is 215 and about the same height I think.

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Can't believe people are saying our 3rd string rookie running back (that didn't have many chances to see the field) sucks.

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Can't believe people are saying our 3rd string rookie running back (that didn't have many chances to see the field) sucks.

 

It's the NFL.  He didn't make the most of the little time he saw.  Can't pick up blitzes and then we draft someone who apparently can.  They don't have much invested in him so there's no pressure to keep.

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