Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Supposedly very fast, Barner never broke enough tackles to show it. Undeniably undersized, Barner too often got overwhelmed in pass protection.
Simply put, the Panthers' sixth round pick in 2013 was about to get cut. Had to be. And so the Panthers shipped him off to Philadelphia Tuesday night, where he will be reunited with his old college coach at Oregon (Chip Kelly). All general manager Dave Gettleman got was a conditional seventh-round draft pick, which I'd assume means that Barner has to make the team for the Panthers to cash it.
But that's better than nothing. The Panthers have struggled finding another running back behind DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and the oft-injured Jonathan Stewart, but that guy may have emerged Sunday night in Fozzy Whittaker. Whittaker broke more tackles in one night than Barner has in two years. He's likely going to make this team, and Barner is going to get a fresh look in Philadelphia.
That's good for everyone. I just hope Kelly doesn't expect Barner to block much, or else Nick Foles is in trouble.
Posted by Scott Fowler at 10:29 PM