Loser: Royce Newman
It's hard to believe Royce Newman started 16 games for the Packers only two years ago. He made the worst possible start to the preseason against the Bengals.
The Packers' depth at guard was a concern entering the game, and Newman didn't do anything to reassure anyone. He looked uncomfortable throughout the game and was called for two holding penalties. The worrying part is Newman was playing against backup Bengals defenders.
"Royce Newman in during the 4th quarter tells you all you need to know about his current job security," writes Andy Herman of the Pack-A-Day podcast.
Herman is absolutely right. Despite the Packers' thin depth at guard, they may have to look elsewhere rather than keeping Newman on the roster. The Packers can't trust him in the regular season the way he is playing.
Newman struggled last season and hasn't made a great start to the summer. The next two preseason games are huge for him.
It may be time for GM Brian Gutekunst to consider potential options in free agency at guard. If either Elgton Jenkins or Jon Runyan Jr. has to miss time, the Packers need a capable backup ready to step in. Unless Newman bounces back in the remaining preseason games, the former fourth-round pick may struggle to make the roster.