Since Jonathan Stewart has been shut down because of injuries for training camp, Kenjon Barner has used this time to his advantage showing the coaches what he can do. He came into training camp with a pretty big chip on shoulder, having being drafted in the 6th round.
In a recent press avail on Panthers.com, he told the media his feelings on getting adjusted to the speed of the game. ”DeAngelo kind of got me adjusted to it way back in OTAs.” He said. “My first couple of reps I ran full speed. I wasn’t really patient about anything, he kind of pulled me to the side, told me to slowdown, wait for blocks to set up. That kind of helped adjust to the speed of the game.”
This kid is not deterred about being in a crowded backfield either. Coming from Oregon, he got to play behind and alongside both LaMichael James and De’Anthony Thomas. So competing for reps and playing time are nothing new to the former Oregon Duck. “Being in a crowded backfield, it means nothing to me. At the end of the day, you still have to work hard…its still the game of football, you earn everything that’s given to you…everything you get you earn.”
Barner does not lack for confidence as a player. “If you don’t have confidence in you,” he said, ” how can you expect anyone else to have confidence in you. You continue to learn and grow as a player….you have to know when to go, when to slow down and that is what I’m trying to do right now.”
Kenjon Barner and the Carolina Panthers get the first chance to show what they can do against the Chicago Bears this Friday night. I am ready for some Panthers football and excited to see what Barner and the other rookies have to offer.
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