I would like to think that after a while, the "Love" puns will stop with Jordan Love. But... I doubt they will. Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you love to see coming out of the Green Bay Packers training camp. With just a few weeks until NFL preseason begins, it's time to see how the Green and Gold are shaping up for 2023.
1. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are there for QB1
A quarterback's best friend is normally his offensive line, and that is still quite true. However, with two running backs that were top 5 rated by PFF last year and combined for over 2,000 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns, Jordan Love will have plenty of support behind him.
Not only will Love be able to rely on two of the top running backs in the league, but both backs have praised Love's leadership and his ability to lead the offense. Having the support of two veterans in a young offense will be paramount for success in the huddle this season.
2. Young bucks are showing out
The Packers are a VERY young team. With guys like Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby and Mercedes Lewis gone, Matt LaFleur has no choice but to rely on plenty of rookies and second year players. On defense, guys like Lukas Van Ness, Devonte Wyatt and Quay Walker have to step up if Green Bay wants to improve over a mediocre showing in 2022.
Offensively, you know the story. Jordan Love leads a young offense including Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Luke Musgrave and Jayden Reed. There is speed all over the offense, and that's been evident in 11 on 11 drills in camp. Jaire Alexander and the veteran DB's have been struggling to keep up with the blazing, young offense. Will that keep up in the regular season? Who knows, but at least there is futuristic optimism surrounding players not named Aaron Rodgers.
3. The NFC North is very winnable
I understand this isn't inherently training camp related, but hear me out. Every NFC North team has major question marks. The Lions have yet to win the North in their existence, the Vikings have lost multiple major weapons on both sides of the ball and the Bears have as many QB concerns as the Packers do, and way more concerns at every other position.
With a wide open division, it will be on Matt LaFleur to grind out wins with a young team. Hopefully, Green Bay can make it to 9, 10 or 11 wins and keep it interesting come December. Either way, there's a new era in Titletown and it's an exciting time to be a Packers fan.