July 30, 2014

Barclay looks to make first NFL start against Lions

Don Barclay (67) looks to make his first NFL start this Sunday against Detroit

Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Don Barclay is preparing for his first career start at right tackle, replacing  T.J. Lang this Sunday against the Lions.  Barclay entered last Sunday’s game against Minnesota in the second quarter after Lang left with an ankle injury.

AUDIO: Barclay on expectation to start :11

Barclay was encouraged by his performance, and he should be.   Barclay performed so well that Mike McCarthy didn’t change his play calls when he entered the game.

AUDIO: Barclay on not changing plays :11

Barclay, and the rest of the offensive line, take on a Lions defense ranked 19th in rushing defense.  They allow  an average of 119.4 yards per game.

Packer’s offensive coordinator Tom Clements says Barclay’s performance against the Vikings was, “a credit to him,” when asked about Barclay’s lack of experience.

AUDIO: Clements can’t worry about experience with Barclay :21

With his expected first start, Barclay has an opportunity to solidify a starting spot for the Packers at right tackle.  If Barclay impresses, this could open the door for T.J. Lang to move back to his preferred spot at left guard, and help stabilize the ever-changing offensive line.

The Packers look to continue their dominance over the Lions on Sunday night.  The last Detroit victory at Lambeau Field came Dec. 15, 1991.