Preston Smith: We Have To Be Tremendous This Year
Preston Smith says the spotlight will be on the Packers’ offense just as much as new starting quarterback Jordan Love.
The Green Bay edge rusher believes in Love’s potential but says the defense must give him the platform to excel.
“Well, personally, we feel like last year was one of our best seasons as a defense,” Preston Smith said.
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“With so much talent on our defense, we know we have to step it up a lot, and knowing we have a young quarterback, we have to be tremendous this year. We have to make sure we step up and do our part to help (Love) to get comfortable out there on the field.
“Help him get the ball in great situations and get stops to let him get comfortable back there and make sure we put him in great situations. It’s not just about him putting us in great situations, but helping us be comfortable to put him in great situations with the ball in great field position and getting stops. So he can go down the field and get us touchdowns and do his thing and gain his confidence throughout the season.”
“Most people didn’t get a chance to really see Jordan and what he had to do (last year),” Smith said.
“Us seeing him in practice going against the scout team last year and when he got the chance. Jordan has a lot of ability, and we have a lot of confidence in him. He has a lot of things that could help this team and we feel like he has a lot of confidence. I feel like this is going to be a year for people to see what Jordan is really made of.”