Packers’ Jordan Love needs normal offseason, preseason to show potential

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Jordan Love needs a preseason. For that matter, he needs an offseason. An actual offseason — not one the quarterback spent in front of an iPad and using Zoom to communicate with the Green Bay Packers coaches.

When it came to on-field work, Love’s rookie year was essentially a lost season.

Sure, he got a year’s worth of meeting time, game-planning and living the NFL life. But as the third-stringer behind a starter (Aaron Rodgers) and a backup (Tim Boyle) who never missed a practice all season, it meant rarely — if ever — did Love take snaps with the Packers’ offense. Instead, he ran the scout team in practice and was inactive for every game.

Combine that with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that reduced the offseason to a virtual one, shortened training camp and eliminated all preseason games, and Love isn’t anywhere close to where anyone would like in his development.

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