Barnes looking to stand out in tough competition at LB

Arguably the most wide open competition on the Detroit Lions roster right now is at linebacker.

“It’s going to be a bloodbath in there,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Thursday when asked about the position. “There’s a ton of experience, there’s a ton of youth, there’s a ton of energy. They’re highly competitive.

“I just think, man, when we come out with the finished product and the two or three that are left standing – there will be more than that, but my point is, I think we’re going to be excited about those guys.”

Second-year linebacker Derrick Barnes is trying to be one of those last couple men standing in the linebacker room, vying for a big role in his second season. He had an up and down rookie campaign, playing 448 snaps (39 percent of defensive snaps last year) and finishing with 67 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and two passes defended.

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