Barnes woke up Tuesday a Lion after beginning the day Monday a Redskin. The Lions traded an undisclosed conditional draft pick to the Redskins for Barnes on Monday.
On Tuesday, he was out on the practice field with his new team.
“It was definitely a weird day yesterday,” Barnes said after practice. “But some days you just wake up and feel like something is special about the day. Today, I woke up and I can’t describe what it felt like.
“It was a great thing coming in here and meeting all the coaches and players and getting out on the field felt like something special.”
Barnes, a former third-round pick out of Maryland, played in 15 games for the Redskins last season with one start. He had 26 tackles and two interceptions.
“First, he’s a young veteran,” head coach Jim Schwartz said of Barnes. “He’s got very good size. He’s got good straight-line speed. He’s got experience and he’s also played inside and outside.
“He can play in the slot; he played a lot of slot for the Redskins last year. We value that kind of multidimensional ability. We also value his size, his speed and the fact that he does have some experience. There’s a lot that intrigued us there.
Though he played a majority in the slot for the Redskins, Barnes (6-1, 190) says his versatility is his strongest asset.
“I can play many positions," he said. "I think I’m actually more comfortable outside than I am in the slot. I can also play safety, too, if need be.”
The Lions have an obvious need for depth and talent at cornerback with starters
Barnes said he’d like to play as early as Thursday’s fourth and final preseason game against the Bills. He said the fact that he’s already played the Bills this preseason while with the Redskins should help him. Barnes defended one pass in that game.
“We’ll see how quick we can get him up to speed in some packages,” Schwartz said. “He’s not going to know everything that we do when we get to Thursday night, but he’s going to have enough that he can go out and show if he can help us.”PRACTICE REPORT
Besides Houston and Bentley, the Lions practiced without a number of other players Tuesday during the portion of practice open to the media.
“I just want to get out there and run around a little bit,” Logan said. “I’ve been out of practice for a little while but I want to be out there and run around with these guys. It’s hard to watch.”
Schwartz said after practice that anyone who was 100-percent healthy would play Thursday.
"We may have some situations where we hold guys out that are just healing up to be at 100-percent, but if guys are 100-percent and they’re healthy they’re going to play," he said.PREPARING FOR ISAAC
Peterman and his family were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when it struck their home in Waveland, Miss., on the Gulf Coast seven years ago.
That experience has the family concerned about Isaac, even though early reports indicate it will not be nearly as severe as Katrina.
Peterman has stayed in touch with his family.
“They’re definitely scared, plus my wife’s family is form New Orleans,” Peterman said Tuesday. “It is weird when you see them coming now because you just don’t know. Every year around this time, you’re wondering, ‘Is another big one going to come?’”
Waveland is in the southwest corner of Mississippi, and one of the first towns east of the Louisiana border on the Gulf Coast. His father, Fred, owned a convenience store that was wiped out by Katrina and retired soon after the hurricane hit. Fortunately, the family home was unscathed.
Peterman, who came to the Lions in 2006, was in his second season with the Cowboys and getting ready for an exhibition game when Katrina hit.
“The day the storm hit, a couple of my sisters stayed behind,” he said. “I didn’t even know if they were alive or not when we played the game.
“There’s no way to prepare for it. There were a lot of people on the beach who had hurricane-proof homes. They just got leveled. It didn’t work at all.”HALL OF FAME APPROVAL
Former Lions running back and Hall of Famer Barry Sanders was making the rounds at ESPN today as part of a promotional tour with the Madden NFL video game. Sanders stopped in to talk with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike and had this to say about the Lions:
“This is the team I think we’ve been waiting for the last few years,” Sanders said of the 2012 Lions team.
“I think you’ve got Stafford really coming into his own. He was one of the top passers in the league last year. Calvin Johnson, he speaks for himself. The guy is nearly unstoppable.
“If we can solidify things running the ball and on defense then I think we can make a deep run. Last year was the first year we’ve been in the playoffs in over a decade. I think we’re poised to make a good run.”