The Green Bay Packers are going to learn a lot about 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love this month. Because of COVID-19, Love didn’t get an opportunity to play in preseason games last year, and didn’t suit up for the team during the regular season.
With Tim Boyle gone, Love steps into the clear QB2 role behind Aaron Rodgers. As we know, this very well may be Rodgers’ final year in Green Bay, after his showdown with the team this offseason. A lot of that may depend on how Love performs in actual game action this preseason.
ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum, the former general manager of the New York Jets, says these three preseason games are unbelievably important for the direction of the franchise. Because the team was so impressed with young Aaron Rodgers years ago, the front office was comfortable trading Brett Favre after years of offseason retirements and last-minute changes of heart. Love needs to show that level of progress, or Green Bay can’t afford to lose their franchise superstar.
“When you fast forward to now, if Green Bay feels good about Jordan Love, if he goes out and plays well, they traded up in the first round for Jordan Love, they’ll move on from Rodgers,” Tannenbaum said on Friday’s Get Up. “Maybe they won’t be as confident as they were a decade ago but they’ll move on in good conscience.”
Here it is: Jordan Love will indeed start Saturday’s preseason opener against the Texans and “will play the majority of the game” and Kurt Benkert will finish it.
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“If he doesn’t play well, in my mind that changes everything,” he continued. “They probably have to go back to Rodgers and say ‘Hey, whatever it takes, we want you to be a Packer. I don’t care if we have to give you a chair in our draft room. You’re going to be here. We’re going to extend you past whatever Patrick Mahomes is making. We’ll give you meaningful input. Whatever it takes.’
“So if I’m the Packers and I’m in their front office, these next three weeks are hugely important.”
Love will get the start against the Houston Texans on Saturday. It seems unlikely that we see much, if any, Aaron Rodgers before Week 1 of the regular season, so these three preseason games and training camp could be make-or-break for Jordan Love’s future as a Packers starter, and could dictate how the end of the Aaron Rodgers’ era goes.
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