After former Oregon Duck De'Anthony Thomas opted out of the 2020 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens have found his replacement and coincidentally, it's one of DAT's former college teammates.
Running back Kenjon Barner is expected to sign with the Ravens barring a physical, per Ian Rapaport of NFL Network.
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De'Anthony Thomas was the primary returner for Baltimore last season, returning 13 punts for 93 yards and 10 kickoffs for 166 yards. He signed a one-year, $935,000 deal with the Ravens on March 16, but was considered a bubble player heading into camp.
Now with his opt-out, Barner will have a chance to replicate his production in the return game. In 14 games as an Atlanta Falcon last season, Barner returned 17 kicks for 406 yards with a long of 47 yards. He also returned 35 punts for 267 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown against Carolina.
Barner played for Oregon from 2008-2012 running for 3,623 yards and 41 touchdowns and the Ducks were in the national championship conversation his final three seasons in Eugene, Oregon. Those years, Oregon outscored their opponents by 24.9 (2010), 19.3 (2011), and 26.2 (2012) points per game.
He was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers at 182nd overall.
Now, Barner will get a chance to make an impact on the professional level for a franchise with aspirations of winning the Super Bowl.
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