Since the Packers inserted WVU rookie Don Barclay into the lineup in Week 13, their running attack has been consistently better. Barclay’s road-grader toughness usually opens big holes for the Packers’ running backs on the right side of the line. On Saturday night, Barclay and the Packers face the huge task of stopping the 49ers pass rush.
This weekend, the Packers travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers in a re-match of the season-opener. In that game, the 49ers sacked Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers three times. Barclay will have his hands full when he matches up against DE Ahmad Brooks and LB Aldon Smith.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t worried about the free-agent rookie from WVU starting at RT.
“Don has really grown,” Rodgers said this week. “I think has been very beneficial for him moving forward, to be able to play extensively at right tackle and he’s given us some stability there. We still want him to get off to a good start every week, but you worry less and less about Don every week and that’s a tribute to how he’s played and how he’s prepared.”
Barclay’s fellow offensive lineman T.J. Lang echoes Rodgers comments.
“Donnie’s really playing like a veteran out there,” Lang said. “He’s a guy you don’t have to worry about, out there at right tackle, and he gets the job done.”
ESPN’s NFC North blogger, Kevin Seifert broke down what Barclay will face this weekend in the video below.
Watch as the Packers battle the 49ers for the right to play for the NFC Championship this Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST on FOX.