As substitutions go, the Packers really thought they were in a good way to start the year. Barclay has been a capable fill-in over the past couple of seasons, Tretter was supposed to be the center of the future before an injury in 2014 and Walker is a young guy who the scout team sees with a loto of potential.
The Packers depth was severely tested and two of the three guys were found lacking.
Tretter was the only backup who came in and did moderately well in the starters’ absence. At center, tackle and guard, Tretter was called into action. He fared well and even was an upgrade when the line seemed to be falling apart.
Walker and Barclay, however, did themselves no favors when their numbers were called.
Barclay was supposed to be the solid option and he couldn’t have been worse at any position he was placed. He was so bad at left tackle, McCarthy would rather have lifetime guard Josh Sitton play the position – without more than a few hours notice.
Barclay will be on the roster bubble this year, if the Packers can find any candidates to consider in the draft.
Taylor played well inside at the guard position when called on this past season. Though he didn’t get a whole lot of snaps, he was a player talked about a lot by beat writers as one who could be very valuable in the future.