2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Barner impresses Panthers coaches

    2013-05-10 18:58

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Running back Kenjon Barner plans to use being chosen in the sixth round of last month's NFL draft as motivation heading into his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers.

Barner, who rushed for 1,767 yards and scored 23 touchdowns (21 via the run) as a senior at Oregon, was one of 59 players who participated in the first day of a Carolina rookie minicamp Friday. He said he immediately went about the business of attempting to prove he should have been drafted sooner.

``You know, in my mind I knew nothing was guaranteed,'' Barner said. ``So I never hung my hat on what I heard, because I knew on this stage that anything could happen. I didn't want to get stuck on being a fourth-rounder or anything like that, because I've seen in years past what can happen - and what has happened to guys who were supposed to go earlier and then didn't.

``So was I disappointed? Yeah. But it just gave me something to work for. I'm here now. Every day is a work day. I've got to play with a chip on my shoulder. Every day I'm going to remind myself that 181 people went before me.''

Barner worked not only out of the backfield Friday, but also as a kick returner. He caught coach Ron Rivera's eye both on film before the draft and during Friday's workout.

``It's interesting when you watch him,'' Rivera said. ``He's got some quickness. But he's also a very smart young man. He was a fifth-year senior who graduated.

``I think he's shown that he has some ability. He's going to be a guy where we're going to have to find a spot for him. If he continues to grow and improve and flash like he's been doing, he's got a real good chance to help us.''

Rivera admitted he was pleasantly surprised to find Barner still available when the Panthers' turn came in the sixth round. That's why the team did not hesitate to select him, despite the fact the Panthers appear to have a crowded and talented backfield, including veterans Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.

Stewart, incidentally, was a first-round pick out of Oregon back in 2008.

``I didn't quite get it, but when he was sitting there and listening to (general manager) Dave (Gettleman) and the scouts talk about the value we got with that pick, it made perfect sense to us and perfect sense to me that we took him,'' Rivera said of Barner. ``The guy's stats speak for themselves. Twenty-one touchdowns. (Seventeen hundred-plus) yards rushing. Return ability on both kickoff and punt. He can come out of the backfield and be effective as a receiver.''

Barner certainly sounds confident he will contribute right away, despite the veterans sure to be listed in front of him on the depth chart. Part of the reason he may have slipped in the draft was his height, listed at 5-foot-9 but maybe not quite so tall. He goes a solid 195 pounds.

``Besides my speed, I bring versatility,'' Barner said. ``I can affect the game on the field from many different aspects: offense, special teams, whatever the case may be. I can make a play.

``It's just going to take hard work. In any crowded (roster) area, hard work stands out.''

Barner was one of the team's five draft picks who participated in the first day of minicamp, including defensive tackles Star Lotulelei from Utah and Kawann Short from Purdue,who were chosen in the first and second rounds, respectively. Also participating were 18 undrafted free agents and 36 tryout players.

While making it clear he is pleased to be with the team, Barner also stressed that he's eager to press his agenda.

``You can't be picky when it comes to this stage,'' he said. ``You're fortunate to get your name called by any team, period. But there's no doubt about it: You always want to make people eat their words.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Dwayne AllenNov 23 12:42p

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is inactive Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12.

Trent WilliamsNov 23 12:32p

Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams (ankle, knee) is not expected to play in Week 12 because of his injuries.

Danny LansanahNov 23 12:22p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah is moving from strongside linebacker to weakside linebacker in place of LB Lavonte David (hamstring). LB Orie Lemon will start at strongside linebacker.

Greg JenningsNov 23 11:52a

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) is active for the team's Week 12 game.

Blidi Wreh-WilsonNov 23 11:52a

The Tennessee Titans have declared CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, QB Charlie Whitehurst, WR Kris Durham, CB Marqueston Huff, TE Richard Gordon, DL Ropati Pitoitua, OT Will Svitek inactive for Week 12.

Arian FosterNov 23 11:42a

The Houston Texans have declared RB Arian Foster, WR DeVier Posey, OT Jeff Adams, S Josh Aubrey, CB Kareem Jackson, LB Max Bullough, QB Tom Savage inactive for Week 12.

Andre BranchNov 23 11:42a

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, LB Jeremiah George, WR Mike Brown, OT Sam Young, RB Storm Johnson, CB Teddy Williams, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 12.

Crezdon ButlerNov 23 11:42a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared CB C.J. X. Wilson, CB Crezdon Butler, DL Da'Quan Bowers, OT Kevin Pamphile, LB Lavonte David, RB Mike James, WR Robert Herron inactive for Week 12.

Jordan CameronNov 23 11:42a

The Cleveland Browns have declared TE Jordan Cameron, LB Karlos Dansby, WR Marlon Moore, CB Pierre Desir, DB Robert Nelson, WR Rodney Smith, OT Vinston Painter inactive for Week 12.

Rex BurkheadNov 23 11:42a

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared CB Chris Lewis-Harris, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, WR Greg Little, DL Margus Hunt, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Tanner Hawkinson, LB Vontaze Burfict inactive for Week 12.

Dwayne AllenNov 23 11:42a

The Indianapolis Colts have declared TE Dwayne Allen, OT Gosder Cherilus, CB Greg Toler, DL Kelcy Quarles, C Khaled Holmes, OG Lance Louis, NT Zachariah Kerr inactive for Week 12.

Arian FosterNov 23 11:33a

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is out Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12.

Brandon WattsNov 23 11:32a

The Minnesota Vikings have declared OT Austin Wentworth, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, RB Matt Asiata, LB Michael Mauti, DL Sharrif Floyd, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 12.

Dennis KellyNov 23 11:32a

The Philadelphia Eagles have declared OT Dennis Kelly, DB Jaylen Watkins, WR Jeff Maehl, OG Julian Vandervelde, QB Nick Foles, CB Rashad Carmichael, DE Taylor Hart inactive for Week 12.

Josh GordonNov 23 11:22a

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will not receive a fine or suspension for pleading guilty to driving under the influence charge in North Carolina, according to a source.

Reggie BushNov 23 11:12a

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was not spotted during early warmups Sunday, Nov. 23, and he's unlikely to play in Week 12.

Lavonte DavidNov 23 10:52a

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring) will miss the first game of his career Sunday, Nov. 23, as he's out for Week 12.

Larry FitzgeraldNov 23 10:32a

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) 'needs a miracle' to play Sunday, Nov. 23, according to a source.

R. Griffin IIINov 23 10:12a

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's point of emphasis is to get the ball out quickly Sunday, Nov. 23. Head coach Jay Gruden has dumbed down the offense to [ More ]

Julius ThomasNov 23 10:02a

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is unlikely to play Sunday, Nov. 23, in Week 12.

Ben TateNov 23 09:52a

Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active Sunday, Nov. 23, and have a role in Week 12. RB Matt Asiata will be inactive.

Lamar MillerNov 23 09:52a

Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, knee) will play Sunday, Nov. 23, according to a source.

Josh GordonNov 23 09:22a

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to play 20-30 snaps Sunday, Nov. 23.

Jonas GrayNov 23 09:22a

New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will play Sunday, Nov. 23, after being late to practice Friday, Nov. 21. He'll split carries with RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 12.

Reggie BushNov 22 05:32p

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is likely out for Week 12 and is targeting the Thanksgiving Day game Thursday, Nov. 27, to return.

Marcel ReeceNov 22 04:42p

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece earned more carries after his performance in Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 20. Reece rushed for 46 yards during a crucial 17-play, 80-yard drive late [ More ]

Arian FosterNov 22 04:22p

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is highly unlikely to suit up Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12.

Josh GordonNov 22 01:32p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was officially activated from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday, Nov. 22. In a subsequent move, the team waived LB Keith Pough.

A.J. JenkinsNov 22 12:42p

The Kansas City Chiefs have placed WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder) on the Reserve/Injured list.

Charles ClayNov 21 05:52p

Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, and he is doubtful for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos. Clay suffered a setback in practice [ More ]

Arian FosterNov 21 05:32p

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is questionable for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Foster would [ More ]

Jason AvantNov 21 04:52p

The Kansas City Chiefs will sign free-agent WR Jason Avant (Panthers), according to a source. Avant worked out for the team Friday, Nov. 21.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group