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Sam Barrington’s Upper Body is Just Fine

We have to wonder if Sam Barrington is as tired of hearing how the Green Bay Packers’ biggest offseason need is at inside linebacker as we are.

We’ll bet he’s probably more tired of it.

Barrington became a starter at inside linebacker in 2014 for the Packers. He lasted only one game in 2015 at that spot, after his season was ended prematurely by an ankle injury.

That injury and Barrington’s ability to come back from it is part of the reason so many people are insisting the Packers need an inside linebacker.

Another part is a lot of people just don’t think Barrington and Jake Ryan are very good.

We’re not sure how the ankle is feeling, but Barrington clearly isn’t sitting around nursing it.

It appears he’s more motivated now than he’s ever been. Detractors will do that.

I’m no expert, but that appears to be more than 400 pounds there.

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Joseph Bonham

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10 Comments

  1. Deepsky April 5, 2016

    The board press probably allows him to lift more than his actual full rep max. The lack of collars at that weight seems pretty stupid to me, especially with the narrow grip.

  2. Kato April 5, 2016

    405lbs. I have never used collars before. Never had an issue. If you lifting such a weight that there is any doubt you will lift that weight, that is what spotters are for.

    You are correct deepsky, the boards do not represent a true bench press, but it is utilized by people to focus more on their pectoral muscles and less on tricepts. When the bar goes all the way to your chest you actually are using mostly tricepts up to a certain point before your pectoral muscles kick in.

  3. Big Gay Clay April 5, 2016

    The board is there so he doesn’t bounce the weight off of his chest like most people do when the bench. It’s a more controlled movement. Sammy is stronger than I though though.

  4. Kato April 5, 2016

    BGC- yeah, me too. I mean, 405 is a lot of weight, but just one rep for a guy of his size? I had a friend in high school maxing out at around 380.

    1. Deepsky April 6, 2016

      Yeah, that’s not a lot of weight for an NFL linebacker. This translates to about maybe 15-20 reps at 225? Typically the top linebackers at the NFL combine will do 30 or so.

  5. Cuban April 5, 2016

    What part of this exercise will help him stay with someone in coverage

  6. Kato April 6, 2016

    Cuban, idk, but I will tell you what it does help with, is at the point of attack, shedding blockers and tackling the ball carrier, the number one job of an ILB

  7. Harry Hood April 6, 2016

    Yeah Cuban, does this guy look like the ILB that will be chasing TE’s and RB’s? No….and if Capers even asks him to, thats on him.

  8. pastordad April 6, 2016

    So looking forward to Sam’s return!

  9. Vano Lucas April 7, 2016

    Yeah, we really need him. And in perfect health.