Re: East-West Shrine Practice
WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green
With the East quarterbacks lacking great accuracy, Barnes received many chances to show off his ability to catch the ball outside his frame. He extended to snatch a fastball from Fordham's Josh Skelton over the middle, earning affirming nods from scouts watching the play. In contrast to some of the other receivers on the field for the East team, his strong hands and crisp routes were eye-opening to those not familiar with Barnes' game.
I've seen this kid play 4 times in person, and he's the real deal. He's raw, and needs some coaching, but he has all the tools to succeed at the next level. He's deemed to be perhaps a step slow, but they said the same thing about Jerry Rice. He caught 155 passes last year....that's NOT a typo, that wasn't over 3-4 years, that was ONE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE receptions in 2009.
The one indicator that seems to be the best for ability to separate at the next level is YPC, and his is a tad low at 11.4 in '09 (11.07 career), but when you catch THAT many passes, it's bound to ding your stats a tad...BGSU also runs a ton of short passing routes, so there's that as well.
We have an opening at WR, and I'd love the Steelers to take a look at this kid to fill it.
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