Makeshift Detroit Lions fullback Alex Barrett: 'I've got some hands'

Share on

The Lions don't have a fullback on their roster, but they still have an occasional need for one in their offense. Enter

The Detroit Lions don't have a fullback on their roster, but they still have a need for one in their offense.

Enter defensive end Alex Barrett.

Barrett made a surprise appearance in the Lions' jumbo package last week, playing one offensive snap as the lead blocker for Dwayne Washington in a 35-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

"We're always looking for opportunities to utilize our roster as much as we possibly can," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "We’re trying to see who we think, through evaluations, throughout the spring and summer, who could fill in that role. He’s one of those guys that could do it. And he’s shown that he obviously did a pretty nice job (Sunday)."

More Lions:

An undrafted rookie from San Diego State, Barrett said he last played offense in high school, where he was a two-way starter on the defensive line and at left tackle. 

The Lions approached him and linebacker Brandon Copeland about playing some fullback during organized team activities, and after running some pass routes and working on his blocking during training camp, the team fit him into its game plan last week.

"The whole game I was ready for it," Barrett said. "I’ve never took a full snap like in full pads at fullback, so that was one (where) I just wanted to do my right job, and getting in that huddle with Matthew Stafford is another experience. It’s not like defense getting the call. He’s spitting it out fast so I have to hear everything.

"I was nervous at first, but after running it I felt good."

Barrett's lone offensive snap — he played 14 snaps on defense — came on a third-and-1 play inside the Cardinals' 10-yard line midway through the second quarter.

With two tight ends on the field, Barrett helped lead Dwayne Washington through a sizable hole on the right side of the offensive line.

Washington gained 6 yards, his longest carry of the day, and the Lions scored their first touchdown of the game two plays later.

"Most of the offensive line did their job up front," Barrett said. "I was expecting to hit someone right away and I saw an open hole so I just tried to get any kind of flow that came over the top and once I tried to hit somebody, we all just fell."

Barrett played some tight end as a freshman in high school and he returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in college, but he said he won't be in offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's ear this week begging for the ball to go his way.

"I'm not going to say nothing, I’m just going to be there to do the job, honestly," Barrett said. "But come that week, if they put it in then that’s what it’s going to be. I’ve had a history of interceptions in the past from my college days, so I’ve got some hands."

Contact Dave Birkett: dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. Download our Lions Xtra app for free on Apple and Android!

 

Share on
Article Makeshift Detroit Lions fullback Alex Barrett: 'I've got some hands' compiled by www.freep.com