Kenjon Barner is a free agent this offseason, and he will look to sign with a team as a reserve running back/return man. In 2017 with the Eagles, Barner had just 21 total touches for 113 total yards and one touchdown, but he also added 194 kickoff return yards and 240 punt return yards. Keep an eye on where he signs, but he will have minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues and should not be drafted in most formats
Barner is signing with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Barner entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick with the Panthers in 2013, but he's made 37 of his 45 regular-season appearances in a Philadelphia uniform, mostly serving as a return specialist and No. 4 back. He'll have a nice opportunity to make the 53-man roster in Carolina, where Fozzy Whittaker recently suffered a season-ending knee injury during offseason workouts. Barner, Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood will compete for backfield slotting behind the leading duo of Christian McCaffrey and C.J. Anderson.
Barner is visiting the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Barner spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia, where he had 71 carries and 19 catches in 36 regular-season games. The majority of his 2017 touches came in the return game, which likely would be his ticket to earning a roster spot in Buffalo, though the might also get a shot to compete with Travaris Cadet for a small pass-catching role.
Barner rushed twice for 21 yards in Sunday's 34-29 win over the Giants. Both totes came back-to-back at the end of the first quarter with the first going for 18 yards. He technically touched the ball on a third successive play when he recovered Nick Foles' fumble on the last play of the period. The Oregon product reverted to his primary role as a returner thereafter. He remains a distant fourth on the Eagles RB depth chart.
Barner (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Barner has been available for each of the Eagles' past five outings, but his special-teams snaps (49) have outpaced those on offense by two. As a result, he's totaled 12 carries for 34 yards and three catches (on four targets) for 20 yards on the season. Following the addition of Jay Ajayi via trade Tuesday, Barner is now in danger of being a regular on the inactive list, if he's not cut outright.
Barner rushed five times for seven yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Thursday's win over Carolina. Barner out-snapped Corey Clement, 22-10, and out-touched the rookie, 6-2, as both continue to fill in for Wendell Smallwood, who missed a second straight game with swelling in his knee. Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount has grabbed a firm hold as the lead back in this offense, rendering Barner and Clement moot for fantasy except in very deep leagues.
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|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|17||12/30||@New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
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