Q&A with Allen Barbre

Rookie offensive lineman talks playing guard, zone blocking scheme, training camp expectations

Offensive lineman Allen Barbre, selected in the fourth round of April's NFL draft by the Packers, enters training camp on Saturday as a backup guard behind starter Daryn Colledge.

Barbre, who signed a four-year contract with the Packers earlier this month, took time with PackerReport.com's Todd Korth to answer questions about the move to guard after playing tackle in college, his expectations of training camp, and his familiarity with the team's zone blocking scheme:

Q: Has the excitement of being selected by the Packers in the NFL draft worn off?
Allen Barbre:
The reality is that I'm in the NFL and it's a great experience, but still sometimes I catch myself saying, ‘I'm playing in the NFL.' It's awesome. It's an experience that not too many people get, so I'm going to take advantage of it.

Q: How much time off do you get between the Organized Team Activities practices in June and the start of training camp?
We had about a month off.

Q: What do you do in that time?
I work out and just hang out with my family (in Granby, MO). I enjoy the outdoors.

Q: What do you anticipate training camp to be like?
I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it's going to be good work. Just the mental test of how tough you are. I think it's going to be a neat experience.

Q: Do you plan on playing guard, or have the coaches said anything differently to you about playing tackle?
I'm playing guard right now.

Q: Was it a surprise to you that you were placed at guard in the minicamps and OTAs?
No, I thought I would be making a position change.

Q: Did the Packers tell you when you were drafted that you would play guard instead of tackle?
No, they told me I was versatile and can play multiple positions.

Q: Have you ever played guard before, and is it a big adjustment?
No, I never played guard till I got (in Green Bay). It's really not too bad. It's not much different (than tackle). I enjoy playing and making the best of it."

Q: Do you have to learn new techniques playing guard?
Not really. Your stance changes a little bit."

Q: What are your thoughts on the Packers' zone-blocking scheme?
I think it's great. Everyone works together and we get a lot of things done. It's a good run scheme and we can produce a lot of yards.

Q: What kind of blocking scheme did you have at Missouri Southern State?
I ran zone before in college. Everybody's scheme is a little different, but for the most part I ran some zone."

Q: Would you eventually like to play tackle?
If it's in the works, but whatever is best for the team. If they want me to play guard, I'll play guard.

Q: Was getting your contract signed a priority for you this off-season?
Yes, I just wanted to get it taken care of so I can get in here and get to work. My agent got it done. It's nice, I don't have to worry about anything else. My contract is done, and I can come in here and go to work.

Q: What is it like playing with Brett Favre for you?
It's awesome. It's something that not many people get to experience, playing with such a great quarterback. I've got a lot of respect for the guy. He's a great guy, a person to learn from as a rookie. He's a nice guy. You don't know what to expect out of somebody like that. He's just down to earth, great guy.

Q: What are some of your hobbies and off-field interests?
I like to hunt and fish and be outdoors. I enjoy hunting a lot, but I don't know how much I'll get to do (in Green Bay).

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