Don Barclay’s start at LT in Week 16 was a total nightmare

Packers swing tackle Don Barclay had a horrible outing against the Cardinals in Week 16.
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With David Bakhtiari inactive for the first time in his NFL career, the Green Bay Packers were forced to start backup Don Barclay at left tackle against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.

The results were an utter disaster. Pro Football Focus pinned three sacks on Barclay, as well as four hurries and three penalties.

Via Ryan Wood of Press-Gazette Media:

Barclay was painfully overmatched while lined up across from Cardinals pass-rushers Dwight Freeney and Calais Campbell. Those two combined for 5.5 of Arizona’s nine sacks against the Packers. With no blind-side protection, quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished the game with three fumbles and a red-zone interception.

The Packers are banged up across their entire offensive line. All five starters were listed on the injury report heading into their Week 16 matchup with the Cardinals. Reserves Lane Taylor and Josh Walker had to step up at the guard positions, while backup center J.C. Tretter was called upon to fill in at right tackle at one point in the game.

Despite all of this, Barclay’s performance at left tackle was the most concerning aspect of Green Bay’s O-line on Sunday.

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