- The Packers will start its first organized team activity of 2015 on Monday.
One of Green Bay's offensive lineman was in town Friday.
Don Barclay signed autographs at Rhinelander Toyota and had a good time with fans from the Northwoods.
"Yeah I mean this is probably the farthest north I've been in the state," Barclay said. "You know it's crazy to see all the Green Bay banners, license plates, stuff like that. All the fans that are up here and support us. It's pretty special."
Unfortunately Barclay missed all of 2014 with a knee injury but he says he should be ready to go in 2015. He spent the off season in Michigan with his old college strength coach from West Virginia. Barclay says the team is ready to get back after the tough ending against the Seahawks.
"It's tough I mean to have that taste in your mouth, you know and I wasn't even out there," Barclay said. "I know how hard it is. I think everyone is anxious to get out there cause I mean let's face it everyone is pretty much back."
He's right. The only two notable losses came on defense with cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House leaving for different teams. The Packers were able to resign key players like wide receiver Randall Cobb, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, and fullback John Kuhn.
"They're big pieces of the puzzle, they make the engine go," Barclay said."To keep guys on the whole o-line. You know our weapons with Aaron too. That's how we've been rolling the past couple of years. Everyone is happy to have those guys back."
The whole offensive line will be back. But Barclay is ready to fight for a spot on the field.
"That's just life and football, you know if you're not in there and your team is doing good you gotta come in and fill your role and contribute as much as you can," Barclay said. "I mean ever year it's just a grind. You're battling for position but at the same time you're brothers."