Kenjon Barner will try to duplicate Darren Sproles’ success as punt returner

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Kenjon Barner hated to see his good friend Darren Sproles lost for the season to injury, but according to Barner, Sproles was happy to see his good friend Barner replace him on the roster.

Barner also likely replaces Sproles as the team’s punt returner.

“To see him go down like that, it’s terrible,” Barner said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “. . . But this is football. We all know what goes with it.”

Sproles, 34, had one punt return for 10 yards this season. For his career returning punts, he has a 9.6 yards per return average and seven touchdowns.

Barner, 28, has three career punt returns, including two last season for 22 yards.

When asked the secret to being an effective punt returner, Barner said, “Listen to everything Sproles told me.”

4 responses to “Kenjon Barner will try to duplicate Darren Sproles’ success as punt returner

  1. I think we’ll be ok on punt returns. I don’t think barner can duplicate sproles’ offensive production though.

  2. For what it’s worth he has several kick and punt return TDs in the preseason, and had a good average last year with the Eagles. He’s no Darren Sproles, no one is, but he’s not a bad player.

  3. Barnar is a good kid. Loved him as a Duck. Being serviceable, plus a few really good runs/returns could parlay into a nice contract next year…. fingers crossed for the guy. He’s got it in him.

  4. bird2urmother says:
    September 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    I think we’ll be ok on punt returns. I don’t think barner can duplicate sproles’ offensive production though.

    I actually think the opposite. That the Eagles will miss Sproles the most on special teams. Barner cant replace Sproles on offense but Smallwood can. 2 years ago no, but recently Sproles has not been asked to run routes like a wr anymore and basically does all his pass catching in the flat, on screens, or little rb hitches. All things that a guy like Smallwood can do and excelled at in college.

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