The Green Bay Packers axed veteran offensive lineman Don Barclay earlier this week. The guy wasn’t even taking up a roster spot — he was on injured reserve.
Barclay started 24 games for the Packers in six years, although two of those — this year and 2014 — he didn’t play because of injury. So 24 starts in four seasons, including one at guard in 2016.
He struggled at tackle early in his career, but was much better when the Packers moved him to guard prior to last season. You would think that experience would make Barclay of some value to the Packers.
The team’s offensive line has been decimated by injuries this year, with inexperienced backups Justin McCray, Lucas Patrick and Ulrick John getting time. While Barclay was on injured reserve, he might have been one of the team’s returnees if the injuries and struggles of those youngsters continued.
Instead, he’s out. We are certainly not crying about that, but it was a bit of a surprise. Probably to Barclay as well, since he just got around to saying anything about it on Thursday.
That’s a long-ass screen shot for supplying that little information, Don.