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Packers Going Local on O-Line

Kyle Steuck, who played at nearby West De Pere High School, will provide valuable depth at center.

The Green Bay Packers are adding Kyle Steuck to bolster their depleted offensive line.

Steuck will have no trouble finding the stadium.

Steuck played at West De Pere High School, which is located only about six miles from Lambeau Field. Steuck will make a great local story when he practices with the team on Sunday and addresses reporters afterward. Steuck, however, will fill a major need. At Northern Michigan, he was second-team all-conference at center. With Corey Linsley still on the physically unable to perform list with an injured hamstring and rookie Jacob Flores out with an injured knee, the Packers have been woefully thin at center.

While J.C. Tretter returned from an illness to start at center in Friday night’s game against Cleveland, Don Barclay, a veteran tackle, played the final 73 snaps. The Packers attempted to crosstrain guard Matt Rotheram at center during the offseason practices and the start of training camp, but Rotheram’s struggles with the center-quarterback exchange essentially doomed that experiment.

Steuck, an undrafted rookie, participated in Green Bay’s postdraft rookie camp on a tryout basis but wasn’t signed.

“Hard work. Patience. And faith. Tomorrow I start my new job and I am so thankful,” he said on Twitter.

Barclay, an undrafted free agent in 2012, has started 23 games in his career. Twenty-two of those starts have come at right tackle.

“The last couple years, it was kind of like, you know, take a couple of snaps here and there every day,” Barclay said on Friday night. “It was kind of hard to settle in and really rep it out and get comfortable at the position. This year it was different. I’ve been there the last almost two weeks now it seems at practice. I’ve gotten a lot of reps there, gotten comfortable and know the offense pretty well from being here for a while, making the calls and being on the same page as the other linemen. There’s pretty good communication.”

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