The Green Bay Packers went from a "rebuilding" 2-5 team to almost upsetting the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round. While the league's youngest team couldn't get over the line and punch their ticket to the conference championship, they proved they can compete with the best the NFC has to offer.
Expectations will change between now and Week 1 of the 2024 season, and the roster will also look different. The Packers made significant changes last spring, and more tough decisions await general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur in the months ahead.
Change is inevitable between seasons. The Packers aim to bolster areas of need and close the gap on the NFC's top teams, but several players will depart. There are positions the team must upgrade, and fans won't be disappointed to see the Packers move on from these players.
Royce Newman played 168 snaps between Weeks 2 and 4 as cover for Pro Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins. There's a reason why he only played 13 snaps in the remaining 15 games, even when injuries hit the offensive line.
Newman was a liability in the two games he started. According to PFF, he allowed nine pressures, seven hurries, one sack, and one QB hit in games against the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
The Packers quickly realized they couldn't count on him to hold up in pass protection. When injuries hit Green Bay at guard later in the season, second-year Sean Rhyan got the next opportunity ahead of Newman.
Newman is under contract for one more season, but the Packers will only pay a dead cap hit of $124,836 if they move on.
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