Training camp for the Green Bay Packers starts towards the end of July. The 2022 Packers Training Camp marks Green Bay’s 77th training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field. The times for practices that are open to the public will be announced at a later date. With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with a practice on Wednesday, July 27. It will be the first of three open practices in four days. That being said, training camp is coming up quick. Three Packers were named as trade candidates prior to the start of training camp:
Defensive Lineman Dean Lowry:
Wyatt is the kind of rookie who should be expected to contribute right away. Not only did the Packers invest a premium pick in the tackle, but he’s already 24 years old, making him an elder statesman among rookies.
That potentially leaves Lowry out even in traditional 3-4 alignments when the Packers are playing three interior defenders. The Packers were only in their base defense 19 percent of the time last year, per Sports Info Solutions.
But the Packers would save nearly $6 million by trading Lowry to another team. There are plenty of clubs that could use his versatility on the interior.
Wide Receiver Amari Rodgers:
With both Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling gone, the team has a lot to figure out at the receiver position.
They’ve avoided making huge moves to fill out the receiver room, but they’ve made a series of moves to bring talent in. The additions of Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Sammy Watkins this offseason bring the total number of receivers on the roster right now to 11.
Last season, the Packers carried six receivers on their Week 1 53-man roster. Watson, Doubs and Watkins are all safe bets to make the cut. Toure should have a chance as a seventh-round pick in the draft.
That only leaves so many roster spots, and Amari Rodgers might have the most trade value if the Packers don’t believe he will make the roster. The former Clemson standout was a third-round pick in the 2021 draft but mostly worked as a returner last season.
If there’s a team that’s willing to give up a pick to take a shot on him, it would make sense for the Packers to listen.
Quarterback Jordan Love:
There were 13 quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL draft. Despite being a first-round pick, Jordan Love has thrown fewer attempts than five of them.
That includes sixth-round pick Jake Luton, who registered 110 pass attempts and made three starts for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie in 2020.
Heading into his third season, Love has made just one start and thrown 62 passes. We still have no idea if he’s even good. His 58.1 completion percentage and three interceptions to two touchdowns aren’t a great sign, but it’s such a small sample size it doesn’t tell us anything.
At this point, it’s hard to tell if or when Love might get a shot at being a starting quarterback in the NFL. The value of a rookie quarterback on their initial four-year contract is so appealing to teams because of the financial flexibility it brings.
With Aaron Rodgers signing an extension, it’s completely possible Love is stuck behind the future Hall of Famer for his entire rookie contract.
That’s not ideal for him and really isn’t great for the Packers, either. If a team suffers an injury at quarterback, the Packers would be wise to see what they can get out of their former first-rounder.
Which one of these are most realistic?
Of these three, Dean Lowry feels like the most realistic trade candidate. It is far too early to give up on Amari Rodgers. It is also unlikely that any would give Green Bay assets they would want for Jordan Love. The league simply just hasn’t seen enough of him yet. Dean Lowry is a quality starter on any defensive line that could result in a quality player in return. Possibly at a position of need for the Packers.