Chargers sign Kenjon Barner

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Kenjon Barner is heading to Los Angeles.

Barner is signing with the Chargers, Ian Rapoport‏ of NFL Network reports.

The speedy Barner was a sixth-round draft pick of the Panthers in 2013 and lasted just a year in Carolina before he was traded to the Eagles, reuniting him with coach Chip Kelly. Barner showed flashes of talent in Philadelphia, averaging 4.4 yards a carry in 2015 and 4.8 in 2016, although he was mostly a bit player on offense.

In L.A., Barner can provide some depth behind Chargers starting running back Melvin Gordon, and also help out on special teams.

11 responses to “Chargers sign Kenjon Barner

  1. Loved the kid’s motor, he has a knack for creating explosive plays. Wish him the best in his career.

  2. This guy was awesome in Philly, played hard every chance he got..excelled on special teams and never complained about not getting enough carries…Eagles will miss this guy

  3. This could be a great signing for Philip Rivers. Barner’s not an every down back. He’s not big enough to tote the rock too many times a game, but he’s great receiving back who can leak out to the flat or underneath on passing plays and be a safety net for a quarterback. He’s one of those guys who plays in the mold of a Darren Sproles, a couple of whom have popped up here and there lately.

    Obviously he’s not as effective a runner as most other guys, but his game is different. He’s tiny, so if you use him to block, you’re not using him right. I wouldn’t use Julius Thomas to block either, and he’s a tight end. If you misuse your players, you’re not going to win as games as you could if you used ’em to their strengths.

  4. This guy never seemed to get enough touches in Philly. There has to be more to the fact they let him walk. Maybe it was as simple as “Chip liked him.”

  5. Kenjon Barner, especially while playing with and learning from the likes of Darren Sproles amongst others, has taken huge steps forward as a viable, multi-faceted RB in this demanding league. As an Eagles fan, I’ve been futilely begging Philly coaches to give the ball to Barner more often, especially considering his average per rush and reception have always been respectable. He’s a good receiver, a tough runner who hits the hole at full speed with reckless abandon, and he has noticeably added a good deal of muscle onto his frame over the last couple of seasons. Add in the fact that he’s an exceptional return man in special teams, capable of taking a return the distance on any given opportunity, and you can’t help but acknowledge the variety of ways he can help your team.

    I guarantee if given an opportunity to touch the ball around 10-12 times per game on the right team, Barner will quickly make believers out of everyone around him…and perhaps even warrant the idea of giving him even more touches. Kid can ball out.

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