LB Antwan Barnes, who missed the last 11 games of 2013 due to a knee injury, hopes to be healthy in time for training camp (Dyer, July 9).
Barnes, 29, has been working his way back since suffering the injury during week five of last season, and is making significant progress:
“I feel it getting stronger. I’m probably past 70 percent at this point. I think it will continue to get better and continue to not just heal, but get stronger.”
As far as whether he’ll be 100 percent in time for training camp, Barnes said he’ll “let the trainers and the medical staff handle all that,” but expressed optimism that he’s getting better and making progress every day.
The Jets signed Barnes to a three-year deal last March.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comBarnes’ knowledge of Rex Ryan’s defense from their days together in Baltimore certainly helped when the pass rushing specialist saw time on the field in 2013. Barnes was good at hurrying and pressuring the quarterback and with another year under the belt of the Sons of Anarchy, Barnes could provide experience and production off the bench in his sub package.
If Barnes doesn’t make the final roster, Jermaine Cunningham might be the team’s potential replacement. Cunningham comes to the Jets from the Patriots and has seemingly had a good spring.
Regardless, the depth competition will be good as whoever runs the situational pass rush package will benefit from a great defensive scheme and great line ahead of it.