7 bold predictions for Packers entering the 2023 season

Seven bold predictions for the Green Bay Packers in the first season of the Jordan Love era.
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2. Jordan Love puts up 4,000 yards

Throwing for 4,000 yards is no easy accomplishment. Only nine quarterbacks hit this milestone last season, and that didn't include Aaron Rodgers. But even with an inexperienced receiving corps, Love can achieve this in his first season as a starter.

Love lacks experience, but he isn't a rookie. He has spent the past three seasons mastering Matt LaFleur's offense, and it is now a system playing to his strengths. Love looked fantastic when he played last season, and the level of confidence in the Packers' new QB1 only increased this summer.

There's a reason why Hall of Famer and two-time MVP Kurt Warner has praised Love. He can play.

"There's going to be growing pains for a young quarterback that hasn't played. All I'm telling you is that when you watch the tape, there's been some really, really good things that leave me optimistic that he is going to play some really good football this year, even if he has some bumps in the road," said Warner.

Love is ready for a big season.

1. Luke Musgrave makes history with 1,000 yards receiving

Helping Love reach that milestone will be one of his newest targets. Rookie tight ends rarely hit 1,000 receiving yards, but Luke Musgrave has all the tools to get there.

With his size, speed, and athleticism, Musgrave is already a mismatch, even if he still has areas to improve his game. As importantly, the Packers have no choice but to lean on him heavily this season. There is no Robert Tonyan or Marcedes Lewis in Green Bay anymore. Musgrave leads the tight end room, and with little experience in the receiving corps, the ball will go the rookie's way a lot.

Christian Watson draws the attention of defenders, opening passing lanes in the middle of the field, which is where Musgrave can dominate with his size and speed.

Hitting 1,000 yards as a rookie tight end isn't easy, but it's possible -- Kyle Pitts did it in 2021. Considering how many snaps Musgrave will play and how often the ball will come his way, he has an opportunity to achieve this milestone in 2023.

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