Jul 23, 2011 11:21 PM by Bill Halter
The best wide receiver in Cal Poly history is anxious to get his third NFL season started and show what he's capable of. As a rookie with the New York Giants Ramses Barden caught one pass for 16-yards. Last year in his second season, Barden had five receptions for 64-yards. He only played in six games before suffering a fractured left ankle and torn ligament which ended his season. Barden had surgery in March and says he's feeling good now.
"It feels like it's been a while since I played and the season's starting to get close and I can taste it and I really want to make the most out of it and make a mark" said Barden over the phone from his home in New York.
The NFL lockout remains in the way of the season starting and Barden says he is behind the players association. He has been keeping abreast of the labor dispute with owners through team representative Shaun O'Hara. Barden has this message for fans. "Be patient, were coming to terms in the bargaining agreement that will last at least seven years, likely ten. So we can sacrifice a few weeks of football to ensure that the game is going to protect itself and it's players for the next decade to come."
The owners voted to approve a new Collective Barganing Agreement on Thursday and the players are expected to vote on the C.B.A. Monday. If the players association approves the agreement players could begin reporting to team facilities and teams could begin rookies and free agents on Wednesday.
The NFL has already had to cancel the Hall of Fame game which is the first preseason game of the year. It's likely every team's traing camp will be delayed, the first team training camp was scheduled to begin on Sunday.
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