Packers' Best Player This Preseason Was a Surprising Rookie

Adam Taylor McKillop
Green Bay Packers rookie Royce Newman was a surprising player to finish as the team's best player on offense during the preseason.
Green Bay Packers rookie Royce Newman was a surprising player to finish as the team's best player on offense during the preseason. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
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When looking at the Green Bay Packers lineup on offense, it's easy to get starstruck. Or, at least simply impressed by all of the talent. Between the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers under center to the NFL's leading wide receiver in Davante Adams, this team is stacked.

But, throughout the preseason, one surprising rookie finished as ProFootballFocus' highest graded player on offense with a score of 91.8. Rookie offensive lineman Royce Newman took home this honor, even despite all of the impressive weapons Green Bay touts on offense.

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Now, one reason to explain this surprising pick is the nature of the NFL preseason. It's quite clear that most starters see little or zero playing time during the preseason. Especially the likes of Rodgers or Adams. But, the Green Bay offense still had other weapons featured during the team's three preseason tilts. This included Jordan Love, the presumed next franchise quarterback, and A.J. Dillion, a talented depth option at running back.

But, the highest grade went to Newman, which goes to show how impressive his preseason truly was. The former Mississippi standout saw action throughout the preseason and did not allow a single pressure on 42 blocking snaps. He also rated as Green Bay's best run blocker.

Newman isn't listed as a starter on Green Bay's depth chart, however, his future appears to be bright. The Packers selected the rookie in the fourth round.


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