Lions sign Don Barclay, waive Dan Skipper

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The Lions signed offensive guard Don Barclay, the team announced Tuesday. They waived offensive tackle Dan Skipper in a corresponding move.

Barclay, 28, originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia in 2012. He played all over the line, playing in 62 games with 24 starts in five seasons.

He signed a one-year, $1 million deal to stay in Green Bay in March, but the Packers placed him on injured reserve with a ankle injury out of the preseason. They released him last week when he became healthy enough to return to the field.

Skipper originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys out of Arkansas. He did not make the team and joined the Lions’ practice squad at the end of September. They promoted him last week, and he played 10 offensive snaps and five special teams snaps in the loss to the Steelers.

The Lions also announced they released offensive tackle Storm Norton from the practice squad.

28 responses to “Lions sign Don Barclay, waive Dan Skipper

  1. So now the Lions have a pair of former Packer linemen on their roster.

    The Packers must be real deep in offensive line talent to let all these veterans go.

    Just what a backup QB needs…

  2. A good depth signing. The Vikings could have a 2 game lead in the division after this weekend with 8 to play. However, their schedule gets tougher with 5 of 8 on the road, and no bunnies. The Lions schedule gets easier with their toughest game at home vs the Vikings on Thanksgiving. Detroit beat the Vikes earlier in the season. A sweep of the Vikings could make this battle for the division very interesting.

  3. I almost felt bad for Barclay, as it seemed like the poor guy was always thrown into the fire at the worst possible times.

  4. bringbackwayne says:

    A good depth signing. The Vikings could have a 2 game lead in the division after this weekend with 8 to play. However, their schedule gets tougher with 5 of 8 on the road, and no bunnies.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    You do realize that 5 of 8 is just one game over a 50/50 split.

    You say we have no “bunnies”.

    I don’t consider any NFL team a bunny, but we have 4 games remaining against teams that have a losing record right now.

    By the time we come off our bye, it’s a real possibility that we could only have 2 games remaining against teams with winning records.

    Right now – the only game I’m worried about is our next one against the Redskins. If we win that game, we make it even harder for anyone to catch us in the division.

  5. Having watched a lot of SEC ball, I wondered if Skipper was gonna make it in the league. 6’10 but if you can’t move your feet at least a little you’re in trouble, and he can’t.

  6. moosejawman says,

    ” ….” all the Lions have to do is show up ”
    Are you CRAZY ? Do you need to be reminded of what an unknown QB named Matt Flynn did to the Lions ? Wasn’t it five or six TDs ? THEN, he parlayed THAT into a huge contract and never heard from again. This IS the Lions we’re talking about here .

  7. No one really thinks the Lions need Barclay to tell them what they need to beat the Packers. No one.

  8. Even now. Even now the Viking trolls are still more interested in the Packers than their own team. Wow.

  9. stellarperformance says:

    Even now. Even now the Viking trolls are still more interested in the Packers than their own team. Wow.

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

    Stella

    The Vikings are on a bye this week. More time to get chuckles at your expense.

    While your GM was taking another nap, other teams are trying to improve themselves.

    Even the 0 – 8 Browns and 49ers tried/did improve themselves today.

    Meanwhile, TT was picking his nose.

    I guess he’s doing the suck for higher draft picks routine.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    October 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Even now. Even now the Viking trolls are still more interested in the Packers than their own team. Wow.
    ————–
    And one of them is even trying to say the undrafted Don Barclay is a 1st round bust. I guess when you can’t be proud of your own team, you have to try to denigrate the successful teams even if you can’t be factual. “Wow” is right.

  11. @Mark1021

    In quoting Stella, you are quoting the most prolific poster on PFT who thrives on myths, half truths and bold faced lies in a vain attempt to denigrate the more successful teams.

  12. @gtodriver

    As opposed to ariani, jeffrey be dahmed (a really sick attempt at humor for a user name), or cheeseis? What comment of substance have any of those posters added to any fan discussion?

  13. 7 of the first 21 comments are from Viking trolls (purpleguy not a troll) talking bad about the Packers on a story about the Lions. How sad they are. They’ve always been bad losers, so it’s not surprising that they are also bad winners (in their estimation, everybody else already knows the ending).

  14. mark1021 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    @gtodriver

    As opposed to
    —-
    yes because us haters post things tongue in cheek to get a rise out of you packer fans. Stella posts idiotic nonsense that he believes to be true.

  15. suicidalionsfan says:
    October 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    moosejawman says,

    ” ….” all the Lions have to do is show up ”
    Are you CRAZY ? Do you need to be reminded of what an unknown QB named Matt Flynn did to the Lions ? Wasn’t it five or six TDs ? THEN, he parlayed THAT into a huge contract and never heard from again. This IS the Lions we’re talking about here .

    I really hate how anytime anyone references this game and talks about what a great game Flynn had they neglect to mention that literally every starter in the Lions secondary was injured and they were signing guys off the street and throwing them into game action a couple days later. It’s important to use your brain and have a little perspective on the situation

  16. Goatherder…….I don’t lie. You’re just sore because I’ve taken you to school so many times you could be named an honorary team mascot.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    October 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Goatherder…….I don’t lie. You’re just sore because I’ve taken you to school so many times you could be named an honorary team mascot.

    and yet another example of stella’s delusion

  18. “Truth is, sometimes I miss you so much I can hardly stand it. I wish I knew how to quit you.”

    -Viking trolls to Packer fans.

  19. spartanlegend says:
    I really hate how anytime anyone references this game and talks about what a great game Flynn had they neglect to mention that literally every starter in the Lions secondary was injured and they were signing guys off the street and throwing them into game action a couple days later.
    ===

    There’s always an excuse, isn’t there spartlanlegend? Excuses all the way back to 1957 from fans of one of the worst-run, most futile and underachieving franchises in NFL history.
    Excuses, excuses, excuses. It’s always the referees, or the injuries, or the planets are misaligned. I guess it’s not necessary to use your brain when the excuses can do all the work for you.

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