Just one season after West Virginia offensive lineman Don Barclay took over the starting tackle position for the Green Bay Packers, struggles came. The Packers, though, stuck with Barclay. Now, he’ll need to prove to them that they made the right decision.
2013 Season Recap: Barclay continued to stay in the starting rotation last season, starting all 14 games that he appeared in for the Packers after starting just four games the previous season. He allowed 9.0 sacks, 27 QB hurries and was flagged six times.
Contract: Barclay signed a three-year $1.443 million deal in 2012. He’s set to make $570,000 in 2014 and will be a free agent in 2015.
Summer OTA Outlook: Barclay has become a staple on the offensive line for the Packers. Head coach Mike McCarthy said that Barclay is the team’s most complete offensive lineman, being able to play every spot. “Donny has the ability to potentially play five positions on the offensive line,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know how many guys you can say that about.” So far this offseason Barclay has taking snaps at guard and tackle but could see a few snaps at center before it’s all over with.
2014 Season Outlook: Barclay’s right tackle spot will likely be submitted back to starter Bryan Bulaga, who has been out with injury. But that’s not saying that Barclay will go down without a fight. If he does end up succeeding the job to Bulaga, Barclay can always work his way into another spot on the line. The coaches like him, as proven by their faith in him last season despite fans pleas to replace him.