Royce Newman started 16 games in his rookie season. He showed flashes of potential but had a handful of disastrous plays in almost every game. The hope was that he would clean up those mistakes as he gained more NFL experience.
The opposite was true. Those moments became the norm, to the point that Newman has become unplayable.
Well, until Elgton Jenkins got hurt and the Packers realized they had zero guard depth. Newman started the two games Jenkins missed this season. One of those games was in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. It's not surprising that Jordan Love was sacked five times and the Packers rushed for only 27 yards at 2.3 yards per attempt. It wasn't all on Newman -- the entire line played poorly -- but he had an awful game.
It's a surprise the Packers haven't added more competition sooner. It quickly became obvious last season that Green Bay couldn't trust Newman in a starting position. According to Pro Football Focus, Newman allowed six pressures in the heavy loss to the New York Jets in Week 6 last year. It took his tally to 18 pressures allowed in the opening six games, and the Packers benched him after that.
Newman's contract expires in the offseason, and there's no chance he's coming back.