Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett: Jordan Love needs practice time

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The Packers have the reigning MVP at quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, but they also traded up to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round last year.

Love spent his entire rookie season as the Packers’ third quarterback, inactive on game day with Tim Boyle serving as Rodgers’ backup. With no 2020 offseason program, Love only received substantial reps during the team’s abbreviated training camp last summer. That means Love could use as much practice as possible in 2021.

“It’s going to be a challenge for him,” Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday. “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.

“Even just being able to get out there and practice — I mean, that’s huge. So I think for him, it’s just growing more in the offensive system, even more than he already has. Just making it his own. … Obviously, we’re very excited if we can be able to practice because I think that’s something he needs. The last time he was able to really get after the practices was in training camp. So if that’s kind of what we’re dealt, then it’ll be training camp when he can really make some strides and get those full-time, speed reps. Besides that, it’s about studying and he’s got to work on his own because we don’t get to see him.”

With Rodgers still performing at an MVP level, it’s unclear when Love might see the field as a starter. But Love should at least progress to the level of a backup for 2021 to give the Packers some sort of return on their heavy investment in 2020.

19 responses to “Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett: Jordan Love needs practice time

  1. If you want to trigger a packer fan just mention they could have drafted Tee Higgins and probably gone to the super bowl this past season. Instead of drafting 3 backups with your first 3 picks.

  2. This remains one of my favorite cheesehead moves of all time! They must have been smoking something strong when they did this pick lol.

  3. We will see what happens with OTA’s, but J-Love will have training and at least 3 preseason games that will be valuable for him.

  4. If the draft pick was just about lighting a fire under Aaron’s butt, they could have done that with a 2nd round pick. Nope. The Packers had serious doubts, and still do, that Rodgers can take them to another SB. 1-4 in NFCCG’s doesn’t lie, lest we forget those 0-3 pass plays to open guys in the end zone just a few weeks ago.

    (Note to Packer fans; this is about the article at hand. It is not about the Vikings)

  5. bman says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm
    Trade him for weapons if you want to compete now
    Interesting. And what do you think he is worth? I mean, where would he have been drafted last year if not for the Packers? And now, after sitting on the bench for a year and not even dressing for games, and basically not practicing for a year, what do you think the Packers could get for him, while also admitting out loud that they made a huge mistake in their 2020 draft?

  6. Yep…the Pack clearly are making all the wrong moves. 13-3 records and consecutive NFC championship game appearances…what the hell are they thinking?

    Might be time for some of you to slink back to the basement until Mom calls you up for Hamburger Helper….and worry about your team sniffing the playoffs sometime this millennium.

  7. It is a luxury to not have to draft a QB and desperately throw into the starting position right away.

  8. All these questionable drafts and roster/coaching moves . . . and our Vikings are still left looking up at them in the standings. How does that work???

  9. You have to laugh at some of these “experts” posting about the Packers’ poor decisions. In the last 30 years, only 4 teams (New England, Dallas, Pittsburg, and New York Giants) have won more Super Bowls that the Pack. During those 30 years the Packers have made the playoffs 21 times. Would it have been nice to win more than 2 Super Bowls? Sure, but I’ll take the last 30 years over most of the other 31 teams any time.

  10. bman says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm
    Trade him for weapons if you want to compete now


    Typical fan talk. Wouldn’t get even a 3rd rounder for him.

  11. These rookie quarterbacks need a lot of practice and and time in preseason games. I offer Justin Herbert as a prime example.

  12. These rookie quarterbacks need a lot of practice and and time in preseason games. I offer Justin Herbert as a prime example.


    and the Chargers finished 7-9.

  13. I understand the philosophy on both sides of this equation.
    A one year contract for just a hair over 8 million brings you experience, talent and stability at a position that’s critical for this offense vs. freeing up 8 million to fix another hole on this team and drafting a fresh set of legs to pair with Dillon.

    Personally, I’m fine with either call, especially since we’re only talking about an additional one year deal.
    RB is the most easily replaceable position in the NFL today.
    Investing heavily in them, especially on their 2nd contracts, continues to be a mistake teams make over and over again.

    My gut tells me they’ll let Jones walk.
    J. White would be an intriguing FA signing, as well as resigning Jamaal Williams to a modest deal and further investing in the defense would be their best move, in my opinion.

  14. Jordan Love already has as many championships as Fran Tarkenton and Alan Page combined.

  15. This was just a stupid pick. He’s not going to see the field unless Rodgers retires or they move him. It made zero sense to draft the QB of the future (maybe) instead of helping your team now. They had a chance to be special and they could have used that pick for help now instead of drafting a QB who they knew wasn’t going to play a bit. Plus, QBs are a crap shoot.

    Remember when they drafted Brian Brohm in the second round in 2008? Or Brett Hundley in the fifth in 2015? Both were considered the QB for the future. No matter how you slice it, moving up to draft Love was a dumb move.

  16. “No matter how you slice it, moving up to draft Love was a dumb move.”

    Yep, and drafting Aaron Rodgers was even dumber! They needed to give Favre more help not draft a QB who would sit for 3 years.

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