Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes (95) during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Antwan Barnes: "Don't Forget About Me"

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, other quarterbacks in the NFL, stay alert. There is a guy waiting in the wings in Florham Park, NJ, with a goal of making you eat turf. His name is Antwan Barnes.

Remember him, guys? He made plays on Josh Freeman in the season opener against the Bucs last year, and against Jake Locker in the battle against the Titans. Unfortunately, Barnes’ season was cut short when he tore his ACL in the Monday night game against the Falcons and we haven’t seen him since.

Until now. Barnes has his rehab moving along, and it is going well,

“I’m coming along. Everything’s going according to plan,” Barnes said. “I’m just waiting for the day when they say I can go out there, pretty much. I just started running and everything like that. I’m getting there. I know I’m over 70 percent, according to John [Mellody, head trainer]. He says I’m right on schedule.”

He obviously wasn’t happy with the situation, but he held out hope,

“It was a bummer. I felt I was in line for a big year,” he said about the injury and the long layoff. “But it’s just live and learn from things like that. Plus it gave me confidence going into this season, because I know what I can do, they know what I can do, so all I’ve got to do is just go put it together.”

As a member of the Chargers and the Jets, Antwan Barnes has averaged one sack every two games. That would be a nice addition the group led by Muhammad Wilkerson, that can finally get to the quarterback on a regular basis.

He won’t be ready for minicamp, but they are looking to have Antwan ready for the open of training camp.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Barnes would be a very welcome member of this Jet defense, if he still has the speed that he had before the injury! ACL’s can be a tricky thing. The Jets lacked a speed rusher off the edge terribly last season. If Barnes can be that guy through 16 games, the secondary (which has questions), won’t be as exposed as last season. The Jets produced a lot of pressure on QB’s without Barnes, but add his speed rush on the outside and they will be getting there consistently!! I had hoped the might bring in someone via free agency, but obviously they are banking on Barnes. Great news for the defense if he’s ready for camp day 1!!!

  • philip

    i agree… barnes as a situational pass rusher would awesome… he is a beast, but lets hope he can stay on the field.. if he can give us 10+ sacks, that would monstrous.