It appears as if Don Barclay has gotten a leg up in the competition for the starting right tackle position in Green Bay. “At practice Monday, two days after the Packers’ second preseason game, Barclay took all the snaps with the starting offensive line,” writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Newhouse, on the other hand, worked primarily as the left tackle with the No. 2 line.” Head coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t ready to declare Barclay as a player who won a job, but as long as Barclay doesn’t blow his opportunity in the final two preseason games, it appears as if he’ll be the starter.
Tight end Andrew Quarless returned to the practice field on Monday for the first time in two-plus weeks following a quad injury. “We’ve got two weeks left,” Quarless is quoted as saying by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette. “I missed quite a bit, so that doesn’t make me happy (or) excited. … none of this is guaranteed. I’ve still got to get out there and produce and show ‘em what I can do.” Quarless is running out of time to prove that he’s fully recovered from a knee injury suffered two seasons ago. And not only does he need to prove he’s healthy, he also needs to show he’s worth keeping over the other tight ends on the roster.
More on Andrew Quarless comes from JSOnline.
First round draft choice Datone Jones practiced for the first time in a week on Monday as well. “Jones had a strong start to training camp, with the early signs being the top pick will make an immediate impact,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. “He’s not sure if he’ll be allowed to play against Seattle on Friday night but he knows these preseason games are important.” Like they do with so many other players, the Packers will make sure Jones is not about to suffer a setback before clearing him for game action.
More on Datone Jones comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
While the goal is for Jordy Nelson to return for the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers wide receiver didn’t appear willing to make any guarantees on Monday. “With the Packers 20 days away from playing in San Francisco for their regular-season opener, Nelson has some doubt that he’ll be on the field with his teammates for that game,” writes Paul Imig of FoxSportsWisconsin.com. Nelson said he would have been able to play through the injury if it happened during the regular season, but he decided to have surgery during a time of the year when the games don’t count in the standings.
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Micah Hyde is going to get more opportunities on punt return, according to the Journal Sentinel.
A feature on tight end Brandon Bostick appears at the Press-Gazette.
The improvement shown by quarterback B.J. Coleman is referenced at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The running back stable gets featured treatment by the Associated Press.
Video: The forecast for Tuesday’s training camp practice comes courtesy of NBC 26 in Green Bay…
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email email@example.com.