ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Kevin Barnes knew there was a chance he'd be leaving Washington, but he never expected the uneasiness he's faced since his life was changed.
The newly acquired Lion cornerback practiced in Allen Park less than a day after waking up a member of the Redskins.
"I was definitely a little nervous yesterday when I found out the news," Barnes said Tuesday.
"I've been spoiled for most of my life. I've been in the Maryland/Virginia area, so its a whole new ball park."
Barnes was traded from the Redskins for a conditional draft pick. In Washington, he was behind starters DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson on the Redskins depth chart. He knew the writing on the wall when he was competing for a backup job in Washington's camp.
"I think it's the best thing for me," Barnes said of the trade.
He said he is more comfortable defending on the outside, despite spending most of his time in Washington covering slot receivers. His versatility is something that attracted the Lions.
Barnes aims to play in Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo. He said it's up to the coaches and that he'll have to learn a completely new defense in three days.
One thing in his favor? He's already faced the Bills this preseason when he was with the Redskins.
A third-round pick by Washington in 2009, Barnes has played in 29 games with three starts over three seasons. He has three career interceptions.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli .
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