May 27, 2024

A former Seattle Seahawks quarterback who earned USFL MVP honors is now transitioning to the wide receiver position with the Green Bay Packers, adding a unique twist to the NFL offseason chatter.

Alex McGough, once a Seahawks draft pick under General Manager John Schneider’s tenure, failed to secure a backup role behind Russell Wilson and subsequently struggled to find stability in the NFL before eventually departing the league. However, his standout performances with the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL, culminating in the 2023 MVP title, earned him another shot in the NFL, this time with the Packers. While McGough didn’t make the final roster cut, he secured a spot on the practice squad, signing a reserve/futures contract during the offseason.

Packers move Alex McGough from QB to WR - NBC Sports

Green Bay’s Head Coach Matt LaFleur revealed that McGough will be vying for a roster spot, albeit in a different capacity—as a wide receiver. LaFleur emphasized McGough’s athleticism and versatility, noting his dedication to running receiver routes during practice sessions. Given McGough’s athleticism and work ethic, the Packers see potential for him to contribute not only as a receiver but also on special teams.

McGough’s transition to wide receiver marks a significant shift, considering he never caught a pass during his collegiate career at Florida International University. With the Packers opting for other quarterback prospects and McGough facing tough competition, the move to wide receiver offers him a new opportunity to make an impact in the NFL.

Interestingly, McGough joins the Packers’ wide receiver corps alongside another former Seahawks draft pick, Bo Melton, who was drafted in 2022 but initially failed to secure a spot on the regular-season roster. Melton later earned playing time, showcasing his potential with notable receptions during the previous season.

The upcoming NFL season could potentially feature a remarkable storyline if McGough faces his former team, the Seahawks, presenting the prospect of an unexpected “revenge game” scenario.

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