The Green Bay Packers are going to give Jordan Love some more practice reps as he continues to stand on the sidelines behind Aaron Rodgers.
The Green Bay Packers made the bold decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. So naturally, Aaron Rodgers went out and won the MVP Award.
Love now has no clear timetable to start and barely got any reps last year because of the canceled preseason. He was also the third quarterback behind Tim Boyle and was never in a position to get on the field.
Packers coaches are well aware of Love missing a year of development. A recent ProFootballTalk piece shared some quotes from offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett addressing the problem.
Jordan Love could eat into Aaron Rodgers’ reps in practice
“It’s going to be a challenge for him,” Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday, as shared by PFT. “Obviously, we don’t know what’s going to happen right now with how we’re going to be able to work with the players. I think, always, being in the system for a second year is huge for the quarterback, understanding the language, understanding how we go about our everyday process.”
Hackett went on to say they can get Love some full-time reps once training camp rolls around, given COVID-19 restrictions are loosened.
Rodgers being named MVP threw a wrench in the succession plans. But it also drove home the point of how the Packers may have been far too premature in drafting a replacement for one of the best quarterbacks of the era.
The next step for Love is becoming the backup behind Rodgers and getting plenty of reps and time in preseason. But seeing him in the starting role? Packers fans may revolt if that happens in 2021 or even 2022.