ST. LOUIS -- Newly acquired safety Mark Barron made his first appearance at Rams Park on Wednesday. He arrived on the practice field about midway through the practice, and watched from the sideline. He did not participate in the drills. Barron doesn’t have much time to get ready for Sunday’s game at San Francisco, but said he’ll be ready to play if his number is called.
“Depending on what they ask me to do I can most definitely play,” said Barron. “If you just let me go out there and play football I can most definitely do that. I don’t know what they want me to do. I’ve only been here a short time so I don’t know what they want me to do.”
After the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Rams now have 13 players on their injured list. They’re shorthanded everywhere, including the defensive secondary. Jeff Fisher said whether Barron can play this week or not, it was important for the Rams to make the trade to acquire him.
“It’s an opportunity to get a good player on this roster for the future,” said Fisher. “Whenever and wherever he plays, I can’t answer that right now but we got a good player.”
Barron was Tampa Bay’s first round draft pick in 2012, the seventh overall player taken in the draft. He was the Buccaneer’s second leading tackler this season, recording 49 tackles in seven games. But the 25 year old Barron struggled at times in the Bucs defense. Fisher thinks he’ll be a better scheme fit in St. Louis.
“We obviously liked Mark coming into the league,” said Fisher. “He was an outstanding college player. We thought he had a lot of ability and whatever the reasons are down there, we had an opportunity to take advantage of getting a good football player. I spoke with him last night after we put the deal together. Obviously he surprised and shocked but excited about a new start. He’s got a lot of catching up to do. He’s going to be in time a very good player for us.”
Barron said he doesn’t think he was used properly by the Buccaneers, and is looking forward to the chance to prove he’s a better player than what he showed in Tampa. “I feel like I’m an athletic guy and can do whatever they ask me to do,” said Barron. “I just want to get involved more.”