Packers: 5 position battles to watch at training camp 2020

Green Bay Packers, Jake Kumerow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Tim Boyle
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Backup quarterback

When the Packers drafted Jordan Love 26th overall, the assumption was he would be the team’s backup for the 2020 season. I don’t think that’s the case.

With the changes made because of COVID-19, there were no OTAs or minicamps. Rookies won’t see the playbook they were given put to action until mid-August and that might not be enough time for Love to fully assimilate himself.

That would leave Tim Boyle with the second-most experience in the quarterback room and the best option to open up as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

Love’s physical ability far exceeds what Boyle brings to the table and if Love proves to be a quick study, cutting Boyle could free up a spot for another player somewhere else.

The hope is neither player will see the field this year unless in mop-up duty, but Rodgers isn’t getting any younger and the team would not want to see what happened in 2017 when Rodgers went down and Brett Hundley couldn’t adequately replace Rodgers.

Being a first-round pick, one would think Love will be given every chance to prove he can handle the job. But Boyle has a full training camp and a season’s worth of experience over Love.

With no preseason games, the team may also have an easier time sneaking players onto the practice squad and may prove to be the decider between Love or Boyle.