Don Barclay is looks like he’s sewn up the Green Bay Packers starting right tackle job.
Barclay has been battling for the job with Marshall Newhouse, who was moved from left tackle, for the past couple weeks. Barclay started in the Packers win over the Rams on Saturday and then alternated series with Newhouse. On Monday, Barclay took all the snaps with the No. 1 offensive line.
Coach Mike McCarthy was sure to point out that no one has won the starting job yet, but that sounds an awful lot like blowing smoke to us.
“No jobs have been won. The offensive line as a whole played better this week. Time will answer that question.
“It’s time for individuals to step up and claim some responsibility and job descriptions. That’s what I’m looking for. You want to see this thing start to define itself.”
Early on in camp, the right tackle job looked like it was Newhouse’s to lose. The Packers were shuffling Barclay around at center and guard and didn’t really give him a chance to compete. Instead, they were looking at rookie David Bakhtiari as a potential solution on the right.
Bryan Bulaga’s season-ending injury changed that. Bakhtiari went to left tackle and the Packers gave Barclay a shot to compete with Newhouse and so far — and probably not surprisingly — he’s outperformed Newhouse.
Although McCarthy says the competition isn’t over, we’re betting it is. The Packers are always preaching about continuity on the offensive line and right about know is when you need to establish that.
So, we’re calling it — Don Barclay, starting right tackle.
Anybody will be better than Newhouse.
I can tell you he’s better than me.
I’d feel better with Bulaga solidifying LT, and Barclay and Bakhtiari battling for RT, with the loser being a strong back-up, and Newhouse washing the players cars, like he should be doing…….But fate dealt a different hand. Looks like we’ll see Barclay at RT, Bakhtiari at LT. We’ll get a good look at what they have there when they play Seattle Friday.
Yep – great test Friday. Atleast we know these young guys (B&B) will get better – Newhouse has peaked and it ain’t pretty.
BTW, Bakhtiari looks like the guy in college on everyone’s floor freshman year who could get weed. Ah…college.
Don’t forget about me! I’m going to be a Packer this year!
You best hope they don’t sign Carpenter or the only packer activity you’ll be doing will involve suitcases.
pick the starting five and the primary backups and get this thing done already. they need to practice and play together to get better.,
Bakhtiari and Barclay as the two bookends on the o-line. Good players with lots of room to grow, but can they protect the franchise?
The bar isn’t set high for this week anyways. Didn’t Bulaga give up a truckload of sacks against the shithawks last season?
This week you will see a real Super Bowl contender on the field but it won’t be colored Green and Gold…LOL