Kenjon Barner trying to replace his mentor Darren Sproles

28 September 2017 Eagles News

The former Eagles running back/returner, Kenjon Barner, finds himself back in the nest again. However, the surprise reunion with the Birds has him replacing his mentor Darren Sproles.

The 5-foot-9, 195 pound Barner shares a special bond with Sproles and notes that the legendary do-it-all player has taught him how to basically be a professional football player.

“How to be a professional. How to carry myself. How to approach the game. How to approach the film. How to approach meetings,” That dude has taught me a lot.” Barner told the teams website.

What you like about Barner is his ability to come right in and contribute as a punt returner. Without Sproles, the Birds don’t have a player who is ready to take the starting job. Enter Barner. Barner played in 23 games in 2015 and the 2016 and averaged 30.8 yards per kickoff return, with a 61 yard return on his resume. If Sproles were not in the picture when he was here before, Barner could have stepped in as a punt returner.

Check out Barner’s 92 yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in preseason back in 2015.

Looking forward, Barner does not only contribute on special teams, but he also gives you some needed depth at the running back position. Barner can be used as a third down/change-of-pace back whenever his number is called upon.

The Birds will be traveling to Cali travel to face the Chargers this weekend, however, Barner gets an opportunity to face his old team. In August, Barner was released during the final week of roster cuts, but he’ll also provide some much-needed intel on the Eagles next opponent. Let’s just say the signing was a win-win for Philadelphia.