August 10, 2022

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Spotlight on both Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love for…

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Spotlight on both Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love for...

While Rodgers works to get the Adams-less offense in sync, the other story at the quarterback position will be the development of third-year pro Jordan Love. The 2020 first-round draft pick likely will take the bulk of the snaps in the Packers’ three preseason games, which was the plan last year until an injury forced Love to sit out one of the exhibitions.

Love was running the No. 1 offense much of the spring while Rodgers missed most (though not all) of the offseason program, and he heads into this training camp with his first significant regular-season game action under his belt, too.

With Rodgers sidelined by COVID, Love got his first NFL start last season in Week 9 at Kansas City. Then as the Packers rested most of their starters in the second half of the Week 18 game at Detroit with the playoffs looming, Love took the controls again.

The results were decidedly mixed. Love struggled to find any footing against the blitzing Chiefs defense before leading a late TD drive, only to not get a chance to build on that success as Kansas City ran out the clock in a 13-7 decision.

Then against the Lions, Love led a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives but then, with the game in the balance, threw interceptions on the Packers’ final two possessions in a 37-30 loss.

All told in 2021, Love was 36-of-62 for 411 yards with two TDs, three interceptions and a 68.7 passer rating, numbers he surely expects to improve upon this preseason as a more experienced QB who won’t always be facing No. 1 defensive personnel.

The third quarterback in camp will be Danny Etling, whom the Packers kept at the conclusion of the offseason program over Kurt Benkert, last season’s No. 3.

The Packers signed Etling, a 6-3, 220-pound former LSU quarterback, to their practice squad last December, released him a week later, and then re-signed him after the season ended.

Originally drafted in the seventh round by New England four years ago, Etling spent time in training camp or on the practice squads of five different NFL teams (Patriots, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Vikings) prior to coming to Green Bay.