Derrick Barnes one of the young Lions trending upward after six games

Fourth round pick shows promise in Sunday's loss
Derrick Barnes showing promise
Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 18:31:43-04

DETROIT, Mich. — There wasn't much to salvage after Sunday's embarrassing 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.

However, perhaps the one thing is rookie linebacker Derrick Barnes, who was impressive in one of his first games getting real NFL reps.

Barnes led the Lions with nine total tackles, six of them being solo and he also broke up a potential touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Drew Sample in the endzone.

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Detroit Lions inside linebacker Derrick Barnes (55) deflects a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample (89) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

While he's still extremely disappointed in the team effort on Sunday, head coach Dan Campbell says some of the young players have been impressive over the past few weeks, including the 2021 fourth round pick.

"Derrick Barnes is doing pretty good," Campbell said on Monday during his media availability, "Alim McNeill is getting better, Tracy Walker is starting to get on this elevation right now, he's getting better."

It's a promising sign for first year General Manager, Brad Holmes, who was hired with the idea of finding hidden gems in the later rounds of these drafts.

"There are guys making improvement that are quietly coming into their zone," Campbell added, "they've got to keep going."

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