Love is slated to serve as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Sunday's game against the Bears after the latter was cleared to start the Week 13 contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Rodgers, who has been playing through a broken right thumb since Week 6, picked up another injury in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles, when he suffered a rib contusion. Though Love finished out the contest in place of the banged-up Rodgers, the third-year quarterback won't get the starting assignment Week 13 after Rodgers was able to practice in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday to ditch his injury designation heading into the weekend. The 4-8 Packers haven't ruled out the possibility of shutting Rodgers down once they're officially eliminated from playoff contention, so Love could have the chance to make some starts before season's end.
Dec 4, 2022 7:20 AM EST
Love completed six of nine pass attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown after Aaron Rodgers (ribs) was forced to leave Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Love stepped in for Rodgers with the Eagles down two scores late in the contest and the backup didn't let the offense skip a beat, despite eventually falling short on an improbable comeback attempt. The 2020 first-round pick looked as good as we've ever seen him in limited action, whipping crisp passes to his receivers in stride en route to a near-perfect QB rating in his quarter of action. Initial reports on Rodgers' ribs are unclear, but he was able to avoid a punctured lung after having trouble breathing while being examined postgame. Head coach Matt LaFleur added that he doesn't know if Rodgers will be forced to miss time, but added that if healthy, he will start Sunday against Chicago, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. If Love does end up starting for the 4-8 Packers, he showed enough of an improvement in a hostile environment Sunday to warrant fantasy consideration against a struggling Bears defense.
Nov 27, 2022 11:07 PM EST
Love completed 4-of-5 passes for 65 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: With just over a minute to go and the Packers trailing by 16 points, Love replaced starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and handled the final drive of the game. He completed all four passes he got off, with the lone misfire coming on a spiked ball to stop the clock. The efficient outing bodes well for Love's confidence but does nothing to change his status as the backup behind Rodgers.
Sep 12, 2022 9:42 AM EST
Love completed 16 of 26 passes for 148 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason game against Kansas City. He also gained five yards on his only carry.
Analysis: The 23-year-old got the start at quarterback for the Packers and played into the second half, and while Love's numbers weren't great he did did engineer two scoring drives, leading to all 10 of Green Bay's points on the night. The 2020 first-round pick will back up Aaron Rodgers once again this season, a role which afforded him only one start and 62 total pass attempts last year.
Aug 25, 2022 9:28 PM EST
Love completed 12 of 24 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown in Friday's 20-10 preseason win over the Saints. He also added 13 rushing yards.
Analysis: Love got the start with Aaron Rodgers resting. He showed glimpses of promise, particularly on a 14-play drive that resulted in a touchdown. During that possession, Love connected with four different receivers and pushed the ball down the field for gains of 17 and 15 yards. On the other hand, he still had long spells of inconsistency, as evidenced by his 50 percent completion rate. Once the regular season rolls around, Love will be locked into the backup role.
Aug 19, 2022 8:40 PM EST
Love will start Friday's preseason contest against the Saints, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: With Aaron Rodgers in street clothes for a second straight exhibition, Love will get a chance to direct the offense. It'll be interesting to see if he logs a full half like he did last Friday in San Francisco, but whenever he departs he'll hand things over to Danny Etling.
Aug 19, 2022 4:50 PM EST
Love completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions and added 24 yards on four rushes in the Packers' 28-21 preseason loss to the 49ers on Friday night.
Analysis: With Aaron Rodgers sitting out, it was Love who started the game and played the entirety of the first half. The 2020 first-round pick's night got off to an encouraging start when he connected with Romeo Doubs for a nifty 33-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to answer an early 49ers field goal. However, Love then short-circuited each of the Packers' next three possessions with interceptions, all which came in San Francisco territory. Love did finish the night on a positive note when he helmed a nine-play, 75-yard march just before halftime that culminated in another 33-yard scoring toss, this time in conjunction with Danny Davis. The Utah State product could see another solid allotment of playing time in next Friday night's home exhibition battle against the Saints, even if Rodgers makes a brief appearance to start the game.
Aug 12, 2022 9:00 PM EST
Coach Matt LaFleur said Love will start Friday's preseason contest against the 49ers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: LaFleur also relayed that Aaron Rodgers will sit out at least Green Bay's first two preseason contests, but that a decision hasn't yet been made about August 25's game against the Chiefs, per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. It remains to be seen how many drives the 2020 first-round pick will actually lead Friday, but whatever snaps Love does take will help prepare him for handling backup duties this season. If the 49ers opt to start second-year quarterback Trey Lance, Friday's contest could prove to be one of the more intriguing matchups on the preseason slate.
Aug 8, 2022 9:03 AM EST
Love's tentative path to the starting role in Green Bay vanished Tuesday, with Aaron Rodgers agreeing to terms on a four-year, $200 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Love's prospects for Year 3 in Green Bay hinged entirely on Rodgers' decision, and with the back-to-back MVP now sticking around for the foreseeable future, the 2020 first-round pick's best case scenario with the team that drafted him appears to be No. 2 duties yet again. On the other hand, the Packers still have significant salary cap issues to address, and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Love could now be a legitimate trade option. Being dealt to a quarterback-needy team such as the Broncos or Panthers would certainly be the best outcome for the 23-year-old's fantasy prospects at the moment, and it's admittedly rare for a signal-caller drafted in the first round to never enter a season as the starter. That said, it remains to be seen whether front offices around the league are willing to exchange significant capital for the talented, but unproven Love.
Mar 8, 2022 8:53 AM EST
Love appeared in six games during the 2021 season and completed 36 of 62 passes for 411 yards. He registered two touchdowns, three interceptions and also ran 12 times for 27 yards.
Analysis: Of Love's six appearances, two were simply to kneel out the clock, and two others were brief cameos late in games when the outcome had already been determined. He did play one full game against the Chiefs in Week 9 and played the second half of the Packers' Week 18 loss to the Lions, and he was unspectacular in those contests, completing just 56.9 percent of his passes and averaging 6.4 YPA. After seeing no snaps in his 2020 rookie campaign, the 2021 season was essentially Love's first as a pro. His prospects for 2022 will hinge significantly on whether or not fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains with Green Bay. If Rodgers returns Love is looking at another season in the backup role, but if he does not, Love will be the favorite to take over as the Packers' starting quarterback.
Jan 31, 2022 6:35 AM EST
Love completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 134 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against Detroit on Sunday.
Analysis: Love played off the bench and mostly with backups after Aaron Rodgers played with most of the starters. Love saw a lot of pressure and arguably was at minimal fault for one of his interceptions, which was tipped at the line and then again by his wide receiver before the defense snagged it, but his box score also benefited from a lot of yards after the catch on a 62-yard touchdown to tight end Josiah Deguara, It's disappointing that Love produce any better, even if he was playing with Green Bay's backups, and he needs to get better at identifying pressure pre-snap so that he isn't so constantly caught by surprise after the snap. Love won't turn 24 until November and still has time to develop, but it's safe to say that the Packers wish he was farther along in that development than he appears to be at the moment.
Jan 9, 2022 3:04 PM EST
Love completed 2-of-4 passes for 19 yards in Sunday's 37-10 victory over the Vikings. He also added two rushing attempts for nine yards.
Analysis: After making his first career start in Week 9, Love took the field for only one snap over the Packers' next six games. However, he got a chance to play a full drive Sunday with the Packers well ahead on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. There's a chance Love could make his second career start in Week 18, as although starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe) said after Sunday's contest he wants to play in the finale, the Packers could decide to deactivate him with the game having no bearing on the standings.
Jan 3, 2022 9:45 AM EST
The Packers activated Love (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
Analysis: Love tested positive for the virus on Monday, Dec. 6, and even though he was vaccinated he wasn't able to rid himself of symptoms and test negative twice 24 hours apart until more than a week later. He thus yielded backup QB duties to Kurt Benkert this past Sunday against the Bears, but the latter reverted to the practice squad Monday, signaling Love's impending return to the active roster. Love will return to his role as the No. 2 to Aaron Rodgers, and with Rodgers tending to a toe injury the former will handle the majority of the reps with the first-team offense this week.
Dec 15, 2021 2:54 PM EST
The Packers placed Love on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Analysis: According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Love has previously disclosed to reporters that he's vaccinated, which means his placement on the list is the result of a breakthrough positive test. He'll be eligible to rejoin the Packers as soon as he's showing diminished symptoms of the virus and tests negative on two occasions at least 24 hours apart, giving him a chance to make it back in action as the backup to Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Bears. With Rodgers nursing a toe injury that will likely result in him sitting out portions of practice this week, practice squad quarterback Kurt Benkert could take most of the first-team reps over the next few days.
Dec 6, 2021 1:24 PM EST
Love is set to resume backup duties for the Packers in Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the team reinstated starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: After Rodgers' surprise placement on the list last week, Love picked up his first NFL start and generally struggled to move the chains in the Packers' 13-7 loss to the Chiefs, finishing with 19 completions on 34 attempts for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding 23 yards on the ground. Though Love continued to take all the first-team reps in practice this week while Rodgers remained isolated from the team, the reigning MVP took part in virtual meetings and performed conditioning drills on his own to stay prepared to start. Even if Love had fared better in his first extensive NFL action last week, he was always unlikely to pick up another start so long as Rodgers was activated when first eligible.
Nov 14, 2021 5:46 AM EST
Love completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Kansas City on Sunday.
Analysis: Love also ran for 23 yards on five carries. Love seemed to struggle to identify pressure pre-snap and would make errant throws when the subsequent post-snap pressure caught him by surprise, but at times when he had blocking he made a handful of encouraging throws. The interception throw was nearly a completed pass to Davante Adams, but the throw was slightly off and corner L'Jarius Sneed made a great play to snatch it from Adams. There was never any doubt that this is Aaron Rodgers' team when healthy, but Love all but confirmed Sunday that he needs more development time before he might be able to cash in on his otherwise substantial athletic talent.
Nov 7, 2021 4:48 PM EST
Love will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Chiefs after top quarterback Aaron Rodgers (illness) informed teammates Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be eligible to play Week 9, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: After the Packers were forced to get by without All-Pro wideout Davante Adams in the Week 8 win over the Cardinals following his positive COVID-19 test, Green Bay will face an even greater challenge Week 9 sans the reigning NFL MVP. Love, the Packers' 2020 first-round pick, has yet to see any extended regular-season action during his career, with his lone two appearances coming in garbage time of a Week 1 blowout loss to the Saints and for a trio of kneeldowns in a Week 2 win over the Lions. Expect head coach Matt LaFleur to simplify the play calls for Love against Kansas City, with the Packers potentially adopting a run-heavy approach so long as the team isn't trailing by a significant margin. According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, Rodgers is unvaccinated, so he'll require a longer period of time to clear the necessary health and safety protocols than a vaccinated player and won't be a lock to return to action Week 10 against the Seahawks.
Nov 3, 2021 8:02 AM EST
Love completed 12 of 18 passes for 149 yards and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Analysis: Love played all three drives in the first half and one more in the third quarter, failing to put up any points despite moving the ball with relative ease. The Packers were stuffed at the goal line on fourth down on their opening drive, and Mason Crosby missed a 28-yard FG attempt on the second series. In between, Love spoiled an otherwise pretty drive when he heaved the ball into the end zone for an easy interception on 1st-and-10. He still has a lot to work on, but the past few weeks represent progress after he struggled last summer and then spent his rookie season buried in the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Love now moves up to No. 2 in what could be Aaron Rodgers' final season with the Packers.
Aug 28, 2021 12:32 PM EST
Love (shoulder) will start Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Love is returning from a shoulder injury but nonetheless is expected to play the entire first half. Coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that the second-year QB might even play into the third quarter.
Aug 28, 2021 9:59 AM EST
Coach Matt LaFleur said Love (shoulder) will play the entire first half and possibly into the third quarter if he's deemed healthy before Saturday's preseason game at Buffalo, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kurt Benkert will enter the game after Love, while fourth-string QB Jacob Dolegala wasn't mentioned. Aaron Rodgers, of course, will be held out, finishing up the preseason without making an appearance. Love injured his shoulder in the preseason opener and missed the second contest, but he seems to be on track for Saturday's exhibition after his return to practice on a limited basis at the beginning of the week.
Aug 26, 2021 8:18 AM EST
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