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A Little Love for the Center

Posted Aug 21, 2016

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke had some words about starting center Tim Barnes after Week 2 of the preseason.

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Chris Burke recently wrote down his observations from around the National Football League after Week 2 of the preseason.

During his dissection of the Los Angeles Rams, Burke focused in on one particular player, starting center Tim Barnes:

A little love for the center. Tim Barnes was brilliant during the early portions of Saturday’s game, when most of the big names were still out there. He didn’t have an easy assignment either, often left in one-on-one matchups with Dontari Poe. When the Rams ran the ball, Barnes made a habit of getting to the second level. He cleared out LB Justin March on one such play; on another, he drove Derrick Johnson back about 10 yards. Todd Gurley’s TD? Right behind Barnes into the end zone.

Barnes is entering his fifth NFL season, having played all five with the Rams. The Mizzou graduate started all 16 games for the Rams last season.

Sports Illustrated - 32 teams, 32 takeaways: Lessons learned from Week 2 of the NFL preseason