The second-year center, who has appeared mostly on special teams while serving as the primary backup to veteran
Barnes credited his serviceable showing in San Francisco to the same mental preparation he has entered each game with since joining the Rams’ 53-man roster last year.
“Obviously, I was a little rusty, but I was pleased with myself overall,” Barnes said. “It’s difficult, but I knew that was a possibility. As a backup, that’s what you get yourself ready for, because in a moment’s notice, you’re in the game. It wasn’t really a surprise.”
Barnes will be appearing in his 28th NFL game on Sunday, though most of that work has come on coverage and return units. By playing the entire second half against the 49ers, Barnes saw more playing time than at any point since training camp. His first start in the NFL will come on Sunday, two years after joining the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
“He played pretty well,” Fisher said of Barnes. “Tim, he’s a pro, he prepares. He gets a minimal amount of reps on the practice field, and he played well with (C) Scott (Wells) being down. Scott’s going to be down for four to six (weeks) now, so Tim will be our guy.”
What Barnes won’t need is much time to build a rapport with QB
“The good news is, I’ve been taking snaps from Barnes for a couple of years,” Clemens said. “We didn’t hardly even take any snaps at halftime last week and didn’t have any problems, so I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”
The Rams have seen the depth of their offensive line challenged at multiple times this year, as they have contended with injuries to T/G
“I’ve got an opportunity here and I’m going to do the best I can,” Barnes said. “I don’t need to worry about if I’m ready. I’ve been there, I’ve seen the looks all week. I’m ready.”