Don Barclay is Back in the Mix

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Don Barclay

Don Barclay

The Green Bay Packers seemed intent on handing the starting right tackle gig to Marshall Newhouse when camp opened. They were working the guy who started there at the end of last season — Don Barclay — at just about every position except right tackle.

The season-ending injury to Bryan Bulaga appears to have changed that and Barclay took advantage on Friday.

“I thought Barclay was clearly one of the top performers of the game for us,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Saturday. “When we went through the grading, we didn’t grade out very well as a football team. We graded out poorly as an offense. I thought Don Barclay’s performance was clearly one of the better spots in (Friday’s) game.”

When Bulaga went down, the Packers shifted rookie David Bakhtiari to left tackle. Prior to that, Bakhtiari had been pushing Newhouse and Barclay had been working at center and guard.

While Newhouse started at right tackle in the preseason opener, he was his usual underwhelming self. He ended up giving up a sack to John Abraham in the second quarter that resulted in a Graham Harrell fumble.

Barclay, on the other hand, had a pretty clean game.

Will that be enough to vault him back to the No. 1 unit? That remains to be seen, but every indication is the Packers are moving in that direction.

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9 Comments on "Don Barclay is Back in the Mix"

  1. E. Wolf

    B is for Barclay, and that’s good enough for me. We have seen Newhouse’s full potential. Barclay has an upside as he grows and develops.

  2. Abe Frohman

    I don’t care who it is as long as they do the job. Newhouse has shown he’s not the guy for the job.

    I am nervous as hell having a rookie at LT and an undrafted free agent at RT.

    • peter

      remember when we put 2 rookies in our tackle positions worked out pretty well for us. Ready is ready in this league rookie or not

  3. Vijay

    This is so simple. Look, we are a road grader offense if the line is exactly this from Left to Right
    LT= Bahktiari
    LG = Sitton
    C = EDS
    RG = Barclay
    RT = Lang

    This should be our line…when we place EDS and those two Guards in those positions, we are very very good as a run team. Lang is decent in run blocking and a bit better than Barclay in Pass Pro so asking him to play the one position he has not yet played is actually the right answer here. He is a little more athletic than Barclay who is purely a road grader type.

    Yes, Newhouse should hit the bench as our primary backup and learn all Tackle and Guard positions.

  4. Vijay

    Bottom line is the genius that is TED has had numerous years to figure out the O Line and D Line situations and I wouldn’t exactly call his job there, “ELITE” or even “VERY, VERY GOOD”

    • Phatgzus

      Uh huh, because it is so very easy to find stud o-line talent in the bottom half of the 1st round, that is what TT has to deal with, that or trade away half a decade of first round picks in order to move up high enough to grab the 3rd or 4th best lineman. Give it a rest Vij, there’s a reason you’re a commentor on a sports blog and not an NFL GM or scout.

  5. iltarion


    Let GVR be your back up utility man and Newhouse your back up tackle.

    The B’s should be our starting tackles.

    The Rams have a hell of a lot better outside rushers than the Cardinals, and the game is in their dome. Thus, this week’s game will be a much better test for Bakhtiari and whoever our RT is.

    Get Barclay out there.

    I could almost agree with VJ for once, except Barclay was a better RT than Lang last season when they both had shots at it.,

  6. the real russ letlow

    Barclay has earned the shot at RT. Forget the backup center stuff for now and let him compete. The sack that Newhouse let up to Abraham was awful. But….Harrel could have seen him coming and got rid of the ball……

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