Packers backup quarterback is making bizarre position switch after NFL Draft

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Ever see a piece of news that makes you double-take and think, "What?"

Well, here it is. Days after the Green Bay Packers completed their 2024 NFL Draft class, which included adding competition for the backup quarterbacks with the selection of Michael Pratt, one of the Packers' passers is apparently switching positions.

Backup quarterback Alex McGough, whose chances of making the 53-man roster decreased dramatically after the Pratt pick, is now listed as a wide receiver on the Packers' website.

Yes, you read that right. Not a typo. Alex McGough is now a wide receiver.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky posted this screenshot on X:

Packers quarterback Alex McGough is moving to wide receiver

What is going on here?

McGough is 28 years old and ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He has a Relative Athletic Score of 8.03 at the quarterback position, but at wide receiver? It drops to 3.62.

According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers had McGough work as a tight end on the scout team during practice last year. In that role, he collided with Jaire Alexander, which injured Alexander's back.

Now, it seems he will get the opportunity to switch positions to wide receiver permanently. While he has good size for the position, his lack of athleticism or experience makes this a head-scratching decision. It would be an incredible story if McGough became a quality NFL receiver and made the Packers' roster, but there doesn't appear to be a path where this becomes reality.

It also means Green Bay will need to add another quarterback for training camp.

With Michael Pratt and Sean Clifford competing for the backup job, McGough's chances of making the roster at quarterback were low. But at wide receiver? I guess we're about to find out.

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