The Packers are going to have to make some tough roster decisions in the off-season. The Packers still have talent on their roster but need some major retooling if they are going to compete in the near future. I would expect many players to get cut in the off-season. One player that the Packers have been encouraged to part ways with is former fourth-round pick, Royce Newman.
Packers Encouraged To Part Ways With Royce Newman
Newman came into the season with the starting job at right guard. It did not take long for him to lose that job. The game that forced head coach Matt LaFleur’s hand was the game against the Jets. To say Newman was awful in that game is an understatement. He was missing assignments left and right and allowing unblocked defenders to explode through the line. He has seen the field in a limited capacity as players go down with injuries but he has all but lost the starting job. At this point, the Packers should part ways with Royce Newman.
Less About Money, More About Depth
Cutting Newman doesn’t save the Packers a lot of money. He would save them less than a million dollars in the salary cap. However, this decision is not about money; it is about depth. The Packers have lost confidence in Newman meaning he is a negative on their roster. They should move on from him and look to bolster their offensive line depth either in the draft or free agency. The Packers often do not like moving off of their draft picks but sometimes you have to. Similar to Amari Rodgers, it is okay to admit that you whiffed on a player and move on. Don’t compound the mistake by hanging on to hope. Cut your losses and move on.
The Packers should part ways with former fourth-round pick Royce Newman. If he starts again it is coaching malpractice. The team is going to need to retool the line and Newman should not be a part of that retooling.