5 Packers players in danger of losing their job after 2024 NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers, Sean Clifford
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2. Sean Clifford

Sean Clifford is under pressure by no fault of his own. All he's done is overcome criticism that the Packers overdrafted him, impressed in the preseason, and then launched his only regular-season pass for a 37-yard completion.

Clifford proved himself as a backup quarterback and excellent teammate, and the Packers won't want to lose him. However, he now faces serious competition from seventh-rounder Michael Pratt, who never should've fallen that far.

"A lot of clubs I spoke with liked his tape and felt he had a chance to become a starter down the road," writes Bleacher Report NFL insider Jordan Schultz.

Several teams would want to sign Pratt if the Packers waived him during training camp. He will likely make the 53-man roster and may even beat Clifford for the No. 2 job behind Jordan Love. Competition is good news for Green Bay, but Clifford is under pressure to retain his job as the backup quarterback.

1. Royce Newman

Green Bay drafted three offensive linemen and then signed two more in undrafted free agency, all of whom could play interior positions in the NFL. It could mean the end for backup Royce Newman, who has struggled over the past two seasons and only has one year remaining on his rookie deal.

The Packers have so much versatility along the line. First-round pick Jordan Morgan will get a shot at tackle but may eventually move to guard. Fifth-rounder Jacob Monk has experience at tackle, guard, and center but will almost certainly play an interior position for the Packers.

Newman became unplayable last season. Per PFF, he allowed 10 pressures, one sack, and one hit despite only starting two games.

Green Bay would create a little over $3 million in cap space by releasing Newman. He may get an opportunity to compete at training camp, but with only one year remaining on his deal, it seems unlikely he will make the 53-man roster.

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