Packers draft pick already in danger of losing roster spot

  • Packers are signing QB Alex McGough
  • McGough was recently named USFL MVP
  • Rookie Sean Clifford faces competition for roster spot
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One Green Bay Packers draft pick already faces tough competition for a roster spot.

The Packers drafted Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford in the fifth round back in April. He is competing for the backup job behind Jordan Love, but he is not guaranteed to win the battle.

Clifford had been competing with Danny Etling for the No. 2 job, but the Packers never ruled out adding another quarterback to the mix.

Veteran free agents like Carson Wentz and Teddy Bridgewater remain options before the start of the regular season, but the Packers have already provided some more competition for Clifford.

Sean Clifford's roster spot in danger after Packers sign another quarterback

According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers are signing quarterback Alex McGough.

McGough was recently named MVP of the USFL, having led the Birmingham Stallions to a championship. He threw for 2,105 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions, while rushing for 403 yards and five touchdowns.

He does have NFL experience. The Seattle Seahawks drafted McGough in the seventh round in 2018. He spent time with the Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans before moving to the USFL.

Now, he gets his opportunity to compete for the Packers' backup job this summer.

Like Clifford and Etling, McGough has never thrown a pass in the NFL regular season. However, he does have some experience in the league, having been on three different teams. His recent performances in the USFL earned him another opportunity.

Unless the Packers sign a proven veteran like Wentz or Bridgewater, their quarterback competition should be considered wide open. Clifford was a draft pick, but there's no guarantee he will outperform McGough or Etling.

The arrival of McGough makes Clifford's life more difficult this summer. He faces real competition for a spot on the Packers' 53-man roster.

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