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Barnes attempt at OL now over

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm

DT T.J. Barnes was given a shot at offensive tackle at the outset of OTA practices two weeks ago. Now in the final week of OTA sessions he’s back at defensive tackle.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the offensive tackle experiment is over.

“Did not go great,” said Ryan. “Man that looked great on paper though. T.J. said, ‘Please Rex bring me back to defense.’ I’m like, ‘Okay you’ve got it.’ But I love the fact that he was willing to try and it wasn’t just a one day deal. He went out there and was trying for a few weeks, but in the end he did not feel comfortable. As he put it, he was tired of getting his butt kicked. To his credit he was out there battling. He was trying to get better and so we put him back to defense.”

Barnes was signed off the Jets practice squad last December and was re-signed in the offseason.

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Edwards, Barnes work to get adjusted quickly

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2015 – 1:54 pm

They’ve been in Buffalo for less than 24 hours, but the Bills two newest defensive linemen have a week of cramming ahead of them to get ready for Sunday’s game against the Texans. DE Lavar Edwards and DT T.J. Barnes have gone from one team to another before, but having six days to have a game plan down knowing they might play on Sunday is a different task altogether.

“The toughest part is just getting acclimated to the system real quickly,” said Edwards. “Over the course of the season you get pretty much a whole year to become familiar with the playbook and everything that’s going on. Being in the situation that I’m in just pretty much jumping in having to kind of put that in overdrive and learn everything quickly.”

For Barnes the task is a bit less daunting. He played under head coach Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar in a defensive scheme similar to the one Buffalo has now. The only problem is he’s spent the past year learning the Jets new defensive system under new head coach Todd Bowles.

“Two totally different defenses,” said Barnes. “I think it’ll be very smooth. I’m not a player who doesn’t study. So I take it very seriously studying my playbook so I think it’ll be a very smooth transition.”

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