Derrick Barnes finding excess coaching, interest from Chris Spielman

Chris Spielman is one of the finest linebackers in Detroit Lions history. The all-time franchise chief in tackles is back as aspect of the team and undertaking what he can to support shell out it forward to rookie LB Derrick Barnes.

Barnes, a fourth-round draft select from Purdue, is hoping to become a thing shut to the tackling machine Spielman was in his 8 seasons (1987-1995) in Detroit. But he’s coming at it from a diverse track record. Barnes performed as a pass-rushing OLB and DE for much of his school job.

Now Barnes is turning to Spielman in hopes of discovering from the legend firsthand. And Spielman, a specific assistant to proprietor Shiela Ford Hamp, is likely the added mile to carry the rookie up to pace from the quite commence of training camp.

A few of dependable observers in Allen Park took observe of the extra consideration Barnes sought out from Spielman immediately after exercise.

Spielman also invested time on the practice area consulting with Barnes in the course of the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this offseason. It is excellent to see a single of the most beloved and completed Lions defenders grooming an eager young rookie to choose over his old part.