1. Jordan Love
Even had the Packers played all four preseason games as planned, it’s possible Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t have been on the field for a single snap. That would’ve meant lots of Jordan Love.
While Love won’t be overtaking Rodgers on the depth chart anytime soon, the preseason would’ve given him some valuable reps up against NFL defenses. He could’ve even had the opportunity to line up with the first-team offense against a first-team defense had he started a preseason game with Rodgers being rested.
These games might not have shown much, or perhaps even highlighted the areas Love needs to improve, but it would’ve been a great learning opportunity for the Packers’ first-round pick. Valuable snaps to build from.
Love will still be able to learn a lot throughout training camp, both in the reps he takes and while watching a future Hall-of-Famer up close. However, getting extended playing time in the preseason would’ve provided the opportunity to play at Lambeau Field for the first time and get his first NFL action.
Many NFL players will be pleased to see there will be no preseason. Rodgers, for example, has made it clear in the past he believes practice reps are more important than the preseason games.
But for others, it could be one less opportunity to make the Packers’ 53-man roster.