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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Barbre draws start at LT for Eagles tonight

  • Allen Barbre should feel right at home tonight.
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  • Allen Barbre should feel right at home tonight.
    The former East Newton Patriots football standout will be in familiar territory when he suits up to play against the Patriots — the New England Patriots — on Friday. The Missouri Southern State University standout has been named the starting left tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener tonight at Lincoln Financial Field.
    Barbre, 29, who has spent most of his time in the NFL playing guard, right tackle and contributing on special teams, went to camp with the Eagles last season, but didn't sign a contract and spent the entire season a free agent. Barbre earned another shot with the Eagles in camp this season, however, and has split time with the first-team offense at both left guard and left tackle due to a rash of injuries along the line coupled with his solid play.
    A fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2007, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman spent three seasons with the Packers, drawing seven starts in 2009. He later spent stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2010), Miami Dolphins (2010-11) and Seahawks again (2011-12) before heading to Philadelphia.
    Barbre has seen action in 32 games during his NFL career, but has battled injuries of late. During an interview with reporters on Thursday, Barbre said he spent last season working out at home in hopes of getting another shot at the NFL.
    "I was pretty open. I wasn't sure what my opportunity was, just coming in and working hard to see where it got me," Barbre told PhiladelphiaEagles.com. "That's kind of the way I've approached the whole thing. It's kind of paid off for me, so just keep working hard. I'm not going to lose focus."
    Now that his opportunity has come, Barbre told reporters he's hopeful his performance against the Patriots tonight will make an impression on new head coach Chip Kelly and his staff.
    "When your number is called you've got to be able to perform, step up and try to help the team out as best you can," he said. "(It's) an opportunity to prove myself. An opportunity to compete."
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