It’s quite the whirlwind to consider that Royce Newman, once a staple among the offensive line starters, is now potentially in the midst of a battle just to secure a spot on the Packers’ initial 53-man roster. The NFL journey can certainly deliver its twists and turns.
Newman’s recent performance on Friday night didn’t do much to sway doubts. His extended play into the fourth quarter against the Bengals could be seen as an indication of where the coaching staff places him currently. Unfortunately, a couple of holding penalties became blemishes on his display.
His saving grace, if any, might stem from the interior line’s shallow pool of options. The Packers face limited alternatives behind established starters Elgton Jenkins and Jon Runyan. Compounded by the fact that Sean Rhyan and other contenders have also encountered their share of struggles during training camp, the scenario appears challenging. As a countermeasure, Green Bay has begun rotating Zach Tom into guard duties with the second-string players, bolstering their depth at this critical position in preparation for any potential injuries.