Allen Barbre's chances of landing a starting guard position with the Green Bay Packers this fall are "even money," according to an analysis posted on the PackersNews.com website.
The former East Newton and Missouri Southern State University standout was used in a reserve role during his rookie season:
The Packers have been high on Barbre's talent since the end of his rookie training camp last year, so no matter what happened this offseason, he had a shot at the starting job at left guard this year. But the 2007 fourth-round draft pick from Division II Missouri Southern has enhanced his chances of winning the battle by embracing the Packers' offseason workout program and making substantial physical gains.
The program began in mid-March, and by the time it ended in early May, he'd added 16 pounds of lean muscle mass and lost 10 pounds of fat as measured by a body composition scan the Packers purchased last year.
"Very significant," said Rock Gullickson, the Packers' strength and conditioning coach, of Barbre's improvement. "When I first saw (the test results) I was, 'Gee, whiz.' Being such a young guy and seeing his body make that much of a change, he's into it now. He's like, what else can I do? He's checking on his nutrition, and we're talking about better ways to snack and get his protein into him. I'm curious to see how much further he can take it."
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