A few raised eyebrows were raised when rookie Derrick Barnes didn’t play a single defensive snap against the Green Bay Packers.
As is the case with roster decisions in the National Football League, one week a player is absent and the next he is propelled into new and increased roles.
For Barnes, his opportunity will now lie against the Baltimore Ravens as the team decided to leave veteran linebacker Jamie Collins.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Week 3 Lions game, Barnes expressed no resentment over the way he was used the first two weeks of the season.
âI am a rookie, I have a lot to learn. I had great veterans next to me. Alex (Anzalone), Jamie (Collins). These guys who taught me a lot, “Barnes said.” I would go to their house for questions and answers. I can’t really say that it frustrated me so much because I knew I was a rookie, I had more to learn, I need to evolve.
Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn has expressed what Barnes can bring to the table and the need for the young roster to be in the mix at this point in the season.
âBarnes is a guy who brings an element of speed, explosiveness, just who he is and I think I’ve told you that before, as a coach you want to put as many good players on the pitch as you can and sometimes you made it two good players in the same place, âhe said. “So I think it’s just a good idea for us to start using these guys and start letting them play.”
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- Can quarterback Jared Goff carry the team to a game?
- Preview of the week 3 Ravens-Lions.
- A review of the Lions’ first two games of the 2021 season.
- Should Lions consider trading LT Taylor Decker?
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