Barner ran for 28 yards on four carries and caught six of eight targets for 22 receiving yards during 2019. He also accumulated 267 punt return yards and one touchdown on 35 attempts and 406 kick return yards on 17 attempts. The 29-year-old finished top 10 in yards per punt return for the first time in his career during 2019, while his 23.9 yards-per-kick-return average ranked fifth best in the NFC. Barner becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he offers special-teams ace ability to whichever team elects to sign the veteran. His offensive role will likely remain limited, however, as he hasn't garnered more than 28 rush attempts in any season since being drafted by Carolina in 2013.
Barner doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Week 17's game against Tampa Bay. Barner was upgraded to a full participant in Friday's practice after managing both shoulder and hip injuries. The veteran is expected to handle return duties for the game while providing depth at the running back position behind Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill for Week 17.
Barner (shoulder/hip) was limited in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Barner has yet to miss practice this week despite multiple injuries. His status in Friday's session bears monitoring.
Barner (shoulder/hip) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice's estimation. Barner seemingly picked up a pair of injuries Week 15 against the Niners, but he was able to play through the issues during Atlanta's Week 16 date with Jacksonville last weekend. Unless he suffers a setback of some sort, Barner probably will be good to go again for this weekend's season finale against Tampa Bay.
Barner (shoulder/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars. Barner began the week not practicing but put in two consecutive limited sessions to avoid the questionable tag. The 30-year-old should serve his usual role as the Falcons' primary return man Sunday.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/06||@Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|11||11/22||@New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|12||11/29||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|13||12/06||New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|14||12/13||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|15||12/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|16||12/27||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|17||01/03||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|3 Year Avg||13||52||0||4||27||0||7|