There were certainly questions about how Don Barclay would hold up against the fearsome pass rush of the Seattle Seahawks — well with a solid effort Sunday night — he answered them in a positive fashion.
Without starting tackle Bryan Bulaga due to injury, I’ll admit I was concerned about pass protection. But, Barclay, who struggled mightily in the preseason at times, performed admirably.
A year ago, before he missed the 2014 season due to injury, he looked like s starting caliber lineman and looked like he could backup all five sports.
Now, the Packers don’t need him to do that. J.C. Tretter can play all three spots inside effectively. Green Bay just needs Barclay to hold up on the outside when needed and last night he proved he is more than capable of doing just that.
Barclay is no Bulaga, he is no All-Pro. But he is a legit swing tackle and a player good enough to win with. He may have allowed a few pressures but Aaron Rodgers was sacked just twice and Green Bay ran for more than 120 yards.
Quarterbacks like Rodgers can make offensive lineman look better than they are. And that ability, plus the effectiveness of Barclay, means Green Bay is more than good enough up front to keep the offense rolling while it waits the return of Bulaga.