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CB Kevin Barnes Wants To Start in 2011

With Phillip Buchanan and Carlos Rogers ticketed for unrestricted free agency, Washington Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes wants an opportunity to start, writes Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Definitely,” Barnes said of his readiness for an increased role. “If I can come out and prove I can be out there with DeAngelo (Hall), O.J. (Atogwe), and LaRon (Landry), I think we can have one of the best secondaries in the NFL.”

Barnes (6-1, 188) was a third-round pick out of Maryland in 2009. In 14 career games, including two starts at safety in the final two weeks of 2010, Barnes has 19 tackles, five passes defensed, and intercepted Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard pass intended for Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal by Graham Gano in Week 16. The Redskins are likely to either re-sign Buchanan or Rogers, or pursue a veteran once free agency does open up, but Barnes thinks he has the skills that are becoming a requirement of the modern-day cornerback.

“You see the receivers that were drafted this year, A.J. Green and Julio Jones; receivers are getting bigger and bigger each year, so you also have a need for bigger corners,” said Barnes. “I’m one of those corners and feel like I have a lot of value.”

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