ESPN made a surprising training camp prediction this week for the Green Bay Packers.

Rob Demovsky, who covers Green Bay for ESPN, thinks that quarterback Jordan Love will “excel” during training camp.

From ESPN:

Jordan Love excels. If it’s going to happen for the third-year quarterback, it should be now. Behind him are the COVID-19 year that wrecked his rookie offseason and training camp (he had no preseason game action), and his first NFL start — the disastrous loss at Kansas City. It was in Year 3 when Aaron Rodgers showed his potential, and there’s no excuse for Love not to follow suit — unless, of course, he’s not the answer to the question of who will succeed Rodgers. With Rodgers almost certain to sit out preseason games, as has been the case in recent years, this is another opportunity for Love.

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Nov 7, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

That’s definitely not the prediction I was expecting to see.

And I don’t think it’s a fair prediction.

Look, maybe Love excels during training camp. Maybe he looks like a future Pro-Bowler during preseason games. Maybe ESPN’s prediction is 100 percent correct. No one knows at this point.

But it’s not fair to bring up all these parallels between Love and Aaron Rodgers. The media is just setting Love up for failure by comparing his journey to Rodgers’ journey.

I understand that folks love symmetry in sports. However, that’s not how sports actually work. If Rodgers retires after this season and Love takes the starting job in 2023 and turns into a superstar, it won’t be because he followed the same path as Rodgers in the same city. It will just be a coincidence.

If Love doesn’t take off during training camp, it doesn’t really mean much. And if he stars during training camp, it also doesn’t mean much. Training camp stars don’t always have success when the lights come on. And sometimes training camp duds rise to the occasion when the real games start.

The 2022 season is all about Rodgers and the Packers chasing a championship. The franchise can worry about Love and the future of the quarterback position after the season.

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