If Kenjon Barner shows competence, is Deangelo gone on June 1?
Kenjon Barner is a wiry 5'9 and 196 which is a good contrast to Stewart. His running style is more like Deangelo's than Jonathan, relying more on being elusive than powering through the defense.
The biggest knocks on Barner coming out was his propensity to run high and cut to the outside too much instead of taking it between the tackles.
Fast Forward to May practices outside of Bank of America Stadium.
Jim Skipper is once again the running backs coach. If he sees progress with Barner will that push the Deangelo cap issue to the forefront? How much progress will need to be seen?
For instance, lets say they coach him into running lower relatively easily. This shows real promise that he will improve as a prospect throughout camp. Some running backs NEVER learn to run lower (Eric Shelton).
So if he shows at least some real progress in just a few weeks, would that be enough to cut Deangelo Williams and save millions?
Do you think the friendship between Jim Skipper and Deangelo Williams effects his judgement or will Gettleman not allow personal feelings to be involved?