New cornerback Kevin Barnes on the practice field for the Lions today

Posted by ttwentyman on August 28, 2012 – 12:08 pm

New cornerback Kevin Barnes was on the field for the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday morning on his first official day as a Lion. The Lions  traded a conditional draft pick for the former Redskins cornerback on Monday.

Barnes (6-1, 190) played the nickel cornerback role in the slot last season, but was competing with second-year players Brandyn Thompson and veteran David Jones for a potential fifth spot, according to the Washington Examiner.

Lions have an obvious need for depth and talent at cornerback with starters Chris Houston (ankle) and Bill Bentley (shoulder) suffering injuries in Saturday’s third preseason game in Oakland. Both players have yet to return to practice.

Barnes, a former third-round pick out of Maryland, played in 15 games last season with one start. He had 26 tackles and two interceptions. He will wear No. 32.

Besides Houston and Bentley, the Lions practiced without a number of other players Tuesday.

Running back Kevin Smith remains out with that ankle injury suffered against the Raiders.

Also out were: receiver Titus Young, defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Lawrence Jackson and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and Travis Lewis.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus and safety John Wendling returned to practice after missing Monday.

Running back Stefan Logan participated in a second straight practice.


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10 Responses to “New cornerback Kevin Barnes on the practice field for the Lions today”

  1. By redwingliger on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    At this point they might want to think about bringing back Aaron Barry… kidding of course because not only will he be suspended for three games, probably looking at jail time too. Plus we don’t need any more idiots like him on this team, we have enough with the two morons who are still left. We won’t find out until next year how much this “destined for release” by the Washington Redskins organization is going to cost us, but it will probably cost us more than he will be worth. If he winds up winning starting role opposite Chris Houston that will confirm how desperate our CB situation is, as well as shine a glaringly bright light on how inept Mayhew and Schwartz were in this year’s off-season, and draft. I really don’t know much about Kevin Barnes, but if he couldn’t even win a backup spot on the Washington Redskins roster I shudder to think about the future of this season, and our defensive backfield.

  2. By redwingliger on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    At this point they might want to think about bringing back Aaron Barry… kidding of course because not only will he be suspended for three games, probably looking at jail time too. Plus we don’t need any more idiots like him on this team, we have enough with the two morons who are still left. We won’t find out until next year how much this “destined for release” by the Washington Redskins organization is going to cost us, but it will probably cost us more than he will be worth. If he winds up winning starting role opposite Chris Houston that will confirm how desperate our CB situation is, as well as shine a glaringly bright light on how inept Mayhew and Schwartz were in this year’s off-season, and draft. I really don’t know much about Kevin Barnes, but if he couldn’t even win a backup spot on the Washington Redskins roster I shudder to think about the future of this season, and our defensive backfield. I have a feeling that this signing is more about pacifying the fans then it is improving the team.

  3. By Gary on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mayhew and Swartz continue to amaze. It was obvious to most lion fans that they should focus on upgrading the secondary, both cornerback and safety, with the draft. Instead they take an injured wide receiver with the second pick. Now with the season about to begin, they trade for a corner who was about to be released. Great job guys. Can’t wait for the season to start. It shouldn’t be hard getting the roster down to 53. They have several guys who shouldn’t even be in the league.

  4. By william magdalena on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    toot…toot

  5. By TF on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    If Aaron Berry was a responsible adult this wouldn’t appear so dire. The pool for cornerbacks was very thin at this years draft. Why would you ask the team to pay first or second round money to a rookie who probably wouldn’t start anyway. They are better off with journeymen players with NFL experience. To accompany that, there is no way they could have predicted at the time of the draft they would be without Best and Leshoure would be suspended. It will take more than one draft to fix the secondary. That’s the problem with most football fans – they are not educated or reasonable enough to realize this is a business not a popularity contest. Decisions have to be made for the future and economics plays a huge part of that.

  6. By Woody Douglas on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    BILL FORD SHOULD STOP BEING CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. By mike on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    They made a mistake by not addressing the corner back situation earlier, now everyone they bring in is some team’s discard……and don’t try to sell us on the ones they have, because they cannot play…..and the same goes for Fairly, he looks out of shape…did not do the homework on this guy before the draft….the infamous 2011 draft……

  8. By rockbo1955 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    your our a couple clueless armchair coach/gm that no nothing and always come out like buzzard on road kill you will be proven wrong by the coach who has a tremendous things from 1-15 to 10-6 and we have not even played a real game yet! your out here call the lions no good when they our down and they will be back and prove you dead wrong! GO LIONS!

  9. By mike on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    hey rockbo, you need to brush up on the English language, also there is no way you can excuse the most recent draft, when they failed to address the defense. Not to mention the infamous 2011 draft, which may haunt them for seasons to come……

  10. By TYLER J on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    i agree with most of you but lets give the guys a chance and pick up another RB asap and yes Mr.ford come off some cash we have a good chance with a couple more guys to not be the NFL losers we should have been more aggressive this off seasons but ill be routing all the way (GO LIONS)

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