We’ve done it, folks. Training camps are opening up across the league and hope is once again eternal for 32 fan bases. There will be a lot of eyes on the Green Bay Packers as they transition from Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers to untested fourth-year quarterback Jordan Love. And while that is the dominant story, there are many others as we prepare to welcome another NFL season to Green Bay.

How will Jordan Love’s knowledge of offense translate into practice?

Love may be a freshman starter, but he’s not the new kid on the block. Love has spent three years learning the system he is about to operate. But as any dancer (or soccer player) can attest, knowing the steps and executing them are two very different things. That will be put to the test immediately with the Packers’ Week 1 matchup in Chicago against the rival Bears.

Let’s take a look during training camp, where Love’s offensive dominance, or lack thereof, will be on full display.

But Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach Tom Clements seems to have faith in Love, spending all of last season witnessing the QB’s grasp of head coach Matt LaFleur’s scheme.

“Last year during the season, I knew the game plan inside and out,” Clements of Love said via the Packers’ website. “He was always ready to go in there, so once you set him up and talk about it, he digests it very well.”

Now the question remains whether that shortens Love’s learning curve as he takes over in Green Bay.

How will the offense evolve (or not) to help Love?

Aside from how well Love knows the offense, he’s also entering an objectively good situation. Love has one of the best running back tandems in the league to lean on, with a top-10 offensive line in front of him, as long as they can all stay healthy.

That raises the question of how far LaFleur will lean on the running game, or perhaps the two rookie tight ends the team drafted in April. While the latter wouldn’t change much of a scheme that already fielded multiple tight end teams at the second-highest rate in the league last season, bringing out more pro teams with multiple running backs would alter it slightly. The Packers had 21 staff (two running backs, one tight end, three wide receivers) 9.2% of the time, despite the fact that they have Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. With a developing quarterback now under center, paired with two young receivers in Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, LaFleur and the offense could choose to lean on experience in the form of the running game more often.

Alternatively, will the offense lean on what it does best and rely on confusion with multiple tight end teams as it has, despite relying on rookies at the position? History would suggest this option given what happened after the departure of Davante Adams after the 2021 season. With Aaron Rodgers at the center, there seemed to be an attitude that he could fill the void Adams left with newcomers Watson and Doubs, along with Allen Lazard becoming the No. 1 receiver. In hindsight, we know that didn’t happen. So the question is whether the Packers learned from that or stuck to LaFleur’s tried-and-true system.

Packers WR Romeo Doubs says Jordan Love can do ‘the exact same thing’ as Aaron Rodgers

Packers WR Romeo Doubs says Jordan Love can do 'the exact same thing' as Aaron Rodgers

Can the defense keep up with his talent?

Another way the Packers can make things easier for Love depends on the defense continuing the momentum it created late last season. Before their Week 14 bye, Green Bay’s defense averaged 23.2 points allowed. But in the final four weeks of the season, the Packers allowed just 16.5 points per game. If they can err further toward that 16.5 mark, Love’s job will be a lot easier.

There’s no reason the defense can’t either. With eight first-round picks among their starters, the Packers have no excuses why that side of the ball can’t execute. Will there be more creativity? Will there be more variety of blitz packs? Can they keep up their pace of taking the ball? We will see him for the first time in the training camp.

Can Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson lead the wide receiving corps?

Last year, Doubs and Watson were bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rookies getting their first taste of the NFL game without much guidance. It was a relative baptism of fire thanks in large part to their former quarterback not being around for offseason training.

But they are no longer rookies. And Watson finished the season strong, tying for the league lead in rookie receiving touchdowns. Watson scored a total of eight in a four-week span from weeks 10 to 13, showing brilliance in the process. Doubs has been clicking with Love this offseason, reportedly even going to California to train with Love before offseason workouts began.

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Will this mean that both are ready to collectively shoulder the burden? We should have a better idea of ​​the split in the workload and whether they are up to the challenge in a matter of days and it will be something to monitor for the weeks leading up to the season.

Carmen Vitali covers the NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen had previous stops with The Draft Network and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, which added the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat parade participant) to her resume. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at @CarmieV.

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