3 Packers players whose stock is plummeting after preseason opener

The preseason opener didn't help these players' chances of making the Packers' roster.
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2. Royce Newman

Royce Newman is battling for a roster spot, but he didn't help his chances at all in the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was called for multiple holding penalties and struggled throughout the game. Newman received the worst grade of any player on offense from Andy Herman of the Pack-A-Day podcast.

He continued to play into the fourth quarter, a clear sign the Packers consider him on the roster bubble. This follows an awful 2022 season that saw Newman's snap counts decrease dramatically from the year before.

"Royce Newman went from starter on the No. 1 seed in the NFC to unplayable in record time," writes Peter Bukowski of The Leap.

That's the harsh truth. Newman is unplayable at this point. The Packers can't confidently have him play in the regular season if one of the starters suffers an injury.

The issue is the lack of depth. Green Bay has plenty of options at tackle but far less at guard. That is unless Zach Tom moves inside, but his best fit is right tackle, where he is projected to start. It won't be surprising if the Packers add another guard this week to provide competition for roster spots.

Newman has to improve in the final two weeks of the preseason, or he could miss out on the 53.