Don Barclay Looks Like the Packers Starting Right Tackle

Johnathan Franklin running nowhere during Packers camp

Packers running back Johnathan Franklin has rushed for just 23 yards in the first two games.

Its time for individuals to step up and claim some responsibility and job descriptions. Thats what Im looking for. You want to see this thing start to define itself. Early on in camp, the right tackle job looked like it was Newhouses to lose. The Packers were shuffling Barclay around at center and guard and didnt really give him a chance to compete. Instead, they were looking at rookie David Bakhtiari as a potential solution on the right.

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Packers much better in 19-7 win over Rams

That changed a bit Saturday night, as the Rams looked in Austins direction a lot. He finished with four catches for 28 yards on seven targets. Cook got his first target in a game as a Ram and cashed it in for a 37-yard catch and run. Austin, Cook and Chris Givens were the only receivers targeted by Bradford, who also threw to running backs Pead and Daryl Richardson . 3. Going deeper. Rams coach Jeff Fisher wanted to give some of his younger players down on the depth chart an opportunity to play with the first-team offense and followed through on that on both sides of the ball. Pead was the primary example of that as he started in place of Richardson and got the bulk of the work with the starters.

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More observations The Packers will start another rookie on offense: David Bakhtiari at left tackle. He gave up a sack to Rams end Robert Quinn on Saturday night, but he has impressed the Packers. He is staring because of left tackle Bryan Bulaga ‘s season-ending knee injury. “He’s got a football mind and he’s picked it up pretty well,” Packers left guard Josh Sitton said. “That’s tough duty, protecting the backside of arguably the best quarterback in the league, and he’s done a nice job. He seems mature beyond his age.” Bakhitari looks like an athletic kid who should fit in perfectly with the Packers’ style of offense. Sitton has moved from right guard, where he was a Pro Bowl-caliber player, to the left side. That might not sound like much of a move, but he says after nine years on the other side it’s been an adjustment. “It’s been a work in progress,” he said. “The footwork, the hand placement, and just seeing the field from the left side is all different.” Is tight end Jermichael Finley ready to live up to his big-time potential?

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Eddie Lacy did not look out of shape while gaining 40 yards vs. the Rams. (USATSI)

Even when Hyde didn’t get through, his timing was superb and it required a good effort in blitz pickup by the Rams to subdue him. When the Rams’ backups were discombobulated in their protections, as is commonplace in the non-preparation world of exhibition football, Hyde kept finding circuitous routes right into the quarterback’s lap. Charles Woodson and LeRoy Butler would be proud. The Packers need a legitimate rusher in their secondary, and Hyde could be it. “He’s what you thought he’d be,” an executive in personnel said after watching the Packers. “Competitive.

Packers Gamble on Johnny Jolly Already Paying Off


Now it’s all work, no play. It’s a different feeling, but it pushes me to work harder, to do my best to move up. It’s motivation. At the same time, it’s still football. Nothing has really changed. I run and catch.” Aug. 27 is the day Packers general manager Ted Thompson must cut down his roster from 90 to 75. Aug. 31, it must be trimmed again to the final 53. After that, more slots open for the practice squad.

Packers coach increases sense of urgency

GRADE: B- DB: Although he hasn’t really earned it the Packers have a lot of confidence in Sam Shields, who is back in his starting position at right cornerback after a disappointing 2012 season. “I want to be that lockdown guy,” Shields told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during training camp. “My goal is to get to the Pro Bowl, win the Super Bowl, just be that lockdown guy. Just covering them big guys, being able to stay on that one side and whoever comes to that side be able to guard him. Having a Pro Bowl year.” That’s good because his running mate, Tramon Williams, is 30 and has never been the most physical player in the world, making him susceptible to the Calvin Johnson- and Brandon Marshall-types in the NFC North. That said, Williams has always been a big play guy, amassing a career-high six INTs and three more in the postseason during the Pack’s Super Bowl run in 2010. Nickel back Casey Hayward showed a lot of playmaking potential as a rookie in 2012, becoming the first Packer freshman with four INTs over a three-game span since Tom Flynn in 1984.

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Saved under Charlie Gille , Football , NFL , Sports Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly showed that he still has the ability to make plays with this interception against the Rams on Saturday night. Most teams would not take a gamble on a player freshly reinstated to the NFL after spending time in jail for attempting to sell prescription medicine. The Green Bay Packers decided their former star defensive tackled deserved the second chance at his professional football career, and awarded him with a one year contract this season. It appears the Packers gamble is already paying off after Jollys All-Star caliber performance against the St. Louis Rams Saturday night. Johnny Jollys career was off to a promising start before his arrest in 2008 for possession of codeine with an intent to sell in Houston, Texas. Charged with a second-degree felony for having over 200 grams of the cough syrup on his person, Jolly would serve jail time and face an indefinite suspension from the NFL as a result. His addiction to purple drank, codeine cough syrup typically mixed with sprite and a Jolly Rancher candy, appeared to have ruined a blossoming career. Reinstated in the NFL in February of 2013 following being released from prison and placed on probation in May of 2012, Jolly was able to again pursue a football career. The Packers, remembering his talent, offered a second chance to their former star.

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Mon., Aug. 26, 2013 11:15AM – 1:15PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central.

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Will Carroll still play his young starting quarterback the entire first half, and furthermore, will they have as much success against the Packers defense? Inflation Inflation in NFL betting can happen in the NFL Odds from time to time, and I think this games total is a perfect example. The Hawks have now scored over 70 points in two games this preseason, which makes the total of this game a bit higher at 42 , and even 43 at The Greek. However the Packers scoring has not been very good. Even though they have had success against the defenses of the Chargers and Broncos, the Packers defense should present a bigger challenge. On the other side of things, the Packers have now cashed the Under in both of their preseason games, and along with not scoring too many points themselves, they have held their opponents (notably below average offenses) to a combined 24 points in two games this preseason. I think its safe to say the total in this game might be a bit too high. Defense normally comes out to play more in the latter half of the preseason. This is for many reasons, but the main ones are that these teams will actually game plan for one another in this matchup, and starting defenses normally play longer. The Sharp Pick Even though Mike McCarthy has been a machine in cashing the Over in preseasons past, I think the Under is the play for this game.

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Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cornerback Brandon Smith. Running back James Starks. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tight end Jake Stoneburner. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guard Lane Taylor. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tight end Ryan Taylor. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tackle JC Tretter.


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