Derek Sherrod Shows Potential In Green Bay Packers’ Preseason Opener

One of the significant injuries the Green Bay Packers have suffered so far during training camp was to versatile backup offensive lineman Don Barclay, who suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. It was a huge loss because Barclay was a 16-game starter at right tackle last season and had the ability to backup both tackle and guard spots.

Therefore, when the Packers took the field last Saturday against the Tennessee Titans in their preseason opener, one player the coaching staff was certainly keeping an eye on was offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, the 2011 first-round pick that steps into the swing tackle role that was vacated by Barclay’s injury.

Sherrod played just six snaps last season after missing the entire 2012 season due to a broken leg he suffered in Week 15 of the 2011 season. Yet, in his first extended game action in over two years, the 6-5, 312-pounder looked the part of a legitimate left tackle in the NFL and was impressive in his 45-snap performance.

Sherrod, who will be the top backup for left tackle David Bahktiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga, played 28 snaps at left tackle to go along with 17 at right tackle. For a majority of his time on the field, he was matched up against former 2011 second-round pick Akeem Ayers, who registered six sacks in the 4-3 defense last season.

Against Sherrod, Ayers managed just one pressure and was neutralized in the run game. The former Mississippi State standout also did a solid job when he was moved to the right side as well.

Although it was just one game, the Packers have to feel much better about their backup tackle situation after Sherrod’s performance against the Titans Saturday. The 25-year old still has room to grow but his physical attributes are rare and he proved that if he’s needed in the regular season, he will be up to the task.



chris peterson

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That’s great to hear. I did not see the game — but the kid has had a very bad time. He certainly deserves every opportunity to show what he has.

Randall Pouwels

I too was encouraged by what I saw of Sherrod. However, they should keep another backup Tackle around behind him just in case something happens to him or one of our current starters. I just wonder if he has enough left in his tank eventually to take Bakhtiari’s job away.

chris peterson

I agree Randall. They make keep another tackle but one thing to remember too is that T.J. Lang can play tackle in a pinch if needed. I don’t see Sherrod overtaking Bakhtiari’s job. I think he is a pretty solid LT and will only be better this year but it would not surprise me to see Sherrod do well this year for GB in limited opportunities then get signed to be a starter somewhere else next year. But he is a good third tackle is he can continue to play this way and that is valuable in the NFL today.


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