A 4 year vet who didn't get to play much sitting behind Wags and JK on the roster. 🤷♂️
This is his first full season to start. Sure, he's not a rookie, but he hasn't gotten much time actually on the field in real action. I give him a bit of a pass so far.
Like I said, he's played 600 snaps, Barton's had PLENTY of opportunity to prove he's an NFL caliber MLB.
I've yet to see any tape on him blowing up the hole, pushing RB's back behind the line or even holding them up at the line.
Barton's fine laterally, and he's decent in pass coverage. But if you're going to run a 3-4, or even 4-3 you need your MLB's to be game wreckers. Not finesse coverage backers.
It's literally why we went out and got Abrams off the scrap heap, to help the D tackles and LB's in the box from being run over at the 2nd level.
If you want our defense to take the next step, Barton's not the answer. He's just not. He's a fringe WIL backer in a 4-3.