1) Introduction: The Packers started the 2012 season with only seven offensive linemen on the roster, showing a tremendous amount of faith in unheralded Evan Dietrich-Smith and Don Barclay. As we now know, both of those players became starters a year later; one could say out of necessity, but with little doubt they earned their spots. Barclay had competition for his spot and won out with blue collar work ethic and a never-say die determination.
- Age: 24
- Born: 4/18/1989 in Newport News, VA
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 305
- College: West Virginia
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Having ended the 2012 season with 4 starts at right tackle and Bryan Bulaga being moved to left tackle, Barclay would be challenged by Marshall Newhouse and David Bakhtiari for the starting right tackle job.When Bulaga went down and Sherrod proved still not ready to play, Bakhtiari became the starting left tackle and Barclay was left to compete with Marshall Newhouse for the right tackle job.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Barclay’s season lowlight was in the playoff game against the 49ers. He was on his heels early and often, allowing a good amount of pressure on Aaron Rodgers. Barclay’s cleanest game was against the Cowboys. Barclay pitched a shutout in that game – no sacks, no QB hits and no QB pressures.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: In terms of pass protection, Barclay was the most ineffective of the Packers starters. In 15 games, according to ProFootballFocus, Barclay surrendered 9 sacks, 6 GB Hits and 27 QB Hurries. Barclay’s tenacity as a run blocker was a big asset to the Packers’ new found running game with Eddie Lacy.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As stated previously, Barclay had a tough time in the playoffs against the 49ers. Ahmad Brooks was able to get consistent pressure on Rodgers and Barclay was ”
credited” with giving up 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries.
Season Report Card:
(B-) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————
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7 thoughts on “Don Barclay 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”
Good review & grade.
Hey, how can you complain about a gritty guy working his ass off to make the team and fill-in on short notice. Sounds like the Packers OLine to a man. But, as you point out, the big games against the better teams separates the average from the best. Does Barclay have more room to grow or is he the next Newhouse?
We have been working with average OLines and DLines for the last 2-3 years and it has set the ceiling for much of our overall offense and defense. If we can live with “C” then our team will keep getting the results that it has been getting. IMO – we need better.
Well when you have 2 1st rd OL injured its hard to complain about getting C grades from late round and undrafted players. Similar w Worthy out on DL!
Lets see hiw they do w the high draft picks abd preferred starters!
A healthy OLine, with all our 1st round drat picks playing to potential has been my base hope. I think it could be special – but, it is still only my dream.
Overall I think that Barclay has done a good job. However, if Bulaga and Sherrod are healthy and able to play at the level of their #1 picks then Barclay can be counted on as a solid backup. I agree with the grade. Thanks, Since ’61
Anyone read the NFL report that TT is to sign up to 5 FAs for our defense? About time!! He’s to sign players that fit Capers D
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