Barnes has split his time between outside cornerback and nickel, both against Pittsburgh and at Redskins Park. Slowik called the balancing act between those two positions “probably the most mentally challenging of all the things you have to do.”
It’s hard to question Barnes‘ physical tools. As Wilson pointed out, Barnes is “tall, has long arms [and] great speed.” Now is his chance to prove that his mental game has progressed sufficiently for the Redskins to trust him in key situations.
“He’s there, he’s working hard, he’s made great strides and improved tremendously from last year, but he’s got to keep doing it and do it in the game,” Slowik said. “He’s improved a lot since last year, but he still has to make a lot more improvement.”
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