Joint practices during NFL Training Camp have become increasingly popular. These practices allow both teams to simulate in-game events but still have a bit of control. This helps teams to keep players healthier, but also gain increased looks at specific in-game situations. This year, the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots will have joint practices during the NFL Preseason.
The joint practices will be held in Green Bay. Due to having the Patriots in town for the week leading up to the preseason game, the assumption is that both teams will be able to sit many key starters for the preseason game itself, thanks to getting game-like reps against someone with a different jersey in practice.
For the Packers, they need many quality reps as they can get on offense under Jordan Love. However, these joint practices could be a great help to the Patriots as well, since the Packers’ offense will be very similar to the one they see from the Aaron Rodgers-led New York Jets this year.
Packers-Patriots Joint Practice Could Be Important For Jordan Love
The player that stands to benefit most from either team with these Packers-Patriots joint practices is undoubtedly Jordan Love. After Love’s one-year extension today, we know he is on the team for at least two more years. He will be paid like a starting quarterback for the second year despite having very limited experience to this point.
While the defense Bill Belichick will bring in NFL Training Camp will be very “vanilla,” Love needs as many snaps as he can get right now. For this reason, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see him get action in the preseason game as well, as the Packers will hope he can take key concepts from practice and translate them to the game itself.
Again, the Packers-Patriots joint practices will be in a controlled, game-like environment. The Green Bay Packers staff could put Love in a position to succeed, and it could be a confidence-building week for the Packers’ offense if they can perform well against a team coached by a football genius.