In a startling twist of events that’s keeping Green Bay’s training camp alive with action, the backup quarterback battle just got real interesting. Let’s break down the latest maneuvers and zero in on one man who’s raising eyebrows, USFL MVP Alex McGough.
The Shake-Up: Etling Out, McGough Still in the Fight
Sunday witnessed a big move from the Packers when they released quarterback Danny Etling from their 90-man roster. This leaves USFL standout Alex McGough and rookie Sean Clifford in the battle for the coveted backup role behind Jordan Love.
Etling, despite a strong preseason last year and a promising run at Saturday’s “Family Night” practice, failed to take the next step forward. This opened the door for a tantalizing competition, with McGough’s potential evidently outpacing Etling’s experience.
Alex McGough: The USFL Spark in the Packers
A 2018 draft pick who revived his career in the USFL over the last two seasons, McGough’s story is the stuff of football lore. But can he translate that MVP magic to the NFL, standing alongside fifth-round pick Sean Clifford?
Coach Matt LaFleur has been vocal about the challenge of handling reps between four different quarterbacks, but McGough’s unique skill set and physical tools seem to have caught the Packers’ attention. Is there more to this USFL star’s game that we haven’t yet seen in Green Bay?
The Clifford Factor: A Rookie Impressing Coaches
The situation grows even more complex with Sean Clifford’s impressive stats at Saturday’s practice, going 7-of-12 and leading a touchdown. Though sacked four times, his ability to make plays under duress has not gone unnoticed.
With general manager Brian Gutekunst indicating that adding a veteran quarterback isn’t in the immediate plans, Clifford’s performance so far has surely bolstered his chances.
Looking Forward: The Backup QB Drama Continues
It’s all eyes on McGough as the Packers move into next week’s joint practice and preseason game in Cincinnati. The USFL star will need to showcase his ability to adapt, innovate, and perhaps more importantly, impress LaFleur and his coaching staff.
Clifford’s early edge doesn’t rule out McGough, who has been through the highs and lows of professional football. The battle for the No. 2 spot is set to be a thrilling one, and Green Bay’s decision could send ripples through the season.
Will the USFL MVP rise to the occasion, or will the young gun out of Penn State steal the show? Folks, the stage is set for a classic football duel, and I’ll be right here to cover every snap, every pass, every single play.
Stay tuned, because this ain’t just a game, it’s the battle to stand behind Love, and you know what they say in football – expect the unexpected!