Jordan Love

Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #10
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #10

Jordan Love News

Set for backup duties again?

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

Six appearances in second season

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

Struggles in extended appearance

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

First action since Week 11

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

Back on active roster

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

Lands on COVID-19 list

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

Returning to No. 2 role

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

Struggles in first start

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

First NFL start on tap

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

Moves ball but throws pick

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

Starting Saturday afternoon

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

Could play into third quarter

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

Will practice Monday

Coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that Love (shoulder) will get some work in at practice, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: LaFleur previously stated that he expects love to participate in individual drills, per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, then tentatively resume handling team reps Tuesday. The 2020 first-round pick appears to be making solid progress in his recovery from a right shoulder injury picked up during the Packers' preseason opener. If all goes well as Love ramps up his practice activity, it's possible he gains clearance in time for Saturday's exhibition contest against the Bills.

Aug 23, 2021 10:23 AM EST

May return to practice Monday

Coach Matt LaFleur said Love (shoulder) is slated to participate in individual drills at Monday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Love injured his right throwing shoulder on a strip sack preseason Week 1, which has held him out of drills in the meantime. LaFleur noted Love got in some tosses with the training staff this past week, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and if all goes well Monday, the second-year signal-caller may get some work in team drills at Tuesday's session. Love hasn't been ruled out of the Packers' exhibition finale next Saturday at Buffalo, but his availability for the contest likely is contingent on how he progresses in the coming days.

Aug 22, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Remains day-to-day

Love (shoulder) has not been cleared to return to the field yet, but he may be able to play in the Packers' final preseason game at Buffalo, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Love was held out of Saturday's contest against the Jets with the injury, but it sounds as if he is nearing a return. Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that when Love is cleared from the injury he will be the team's backup quarterback. Love played fairly well in the team's first preseason contest -- he completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 122 yards and a touchdown -- and it would benefit him to get more reps in game action before the regular season begins.

Aug 21, 2021 6:00 PM EST

Out Saturday

Love (shoulder) will not play Saturday against the Jets, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't be surprising considering coach Matt LaFleur more or less confirmed the 2020 first-round pick would not be active for the preseason contest. With Aaron Rodgers also getting a veteran's night off, Kurt Benkert and Jake Dolegala are the only two active quarterbacks for the Packers on Saturday, with the former expected to take the majority of the work.

Aug 21, 2021 12:48 PM EST

Not expected to play Saturday

Coach Matt LaFleur said it is "probably unlikely" that Love (shoulder) will suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Love turned in a solid performance during his preseason debut against the Texans last weekend, but he sustained a minor shoulder injury in the process, and the Packers aren't taking any risks in his recovery process. Kurt Benkert will be in line to start Saturday's exhibition matchup if Love indeed remains sidelined, while Jacob Dolegala, who only re-signed with Green Bay on Tuesday, would operate as his backup and potential relief option. Per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Love is not practicing Thursday.

Aug 19, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Throwing, but unlikely to practice

Coach Matt LaFleur said "you will probably not see [Love] in practice" Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: LaFleur also said that Love resumed throwing in at least some capacity Tuesday, and that his shoulder will be tested again Wednesday, but he declined to offer any updates about the second-year quarterback's status for Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. The Packers will "give [Love] every opportunity," per LaFleur, but "don't want to put him in a situation to make it worse." Love injured his shoulder during last weekend's exhibition matchup against the Texans, and though the MRI came back clean, Green Bay clearly intends to approach his recovery with caution. Kurt Benkert and Jacob Dolegala will continue to see increased reps as long as Love is sidelined.

Aug 18, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Will not practice Monday

Love (shoulder) will not practice Monday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Love injured his shoulder in the Packers' exhibition opener, and although head coach Matt LaFleur said Love is "feeling a lot better," he also noted that the Packers are "going to be smart" and give Love some time to recover. Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Benkert are slated to share the reps until Love returns, but LaFleur noted that the Packers are planning to bring in some other quarterbacks for workouts to increase the options should Love's injury linger.

Aug 16, 2021 10:40 AM EST

Set to miss some time

Coach Matt LaFleur said Love (shoulder) may miss practice this week and even sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Jets, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: There was an expectation Love would play three quarters of the Packers' exhibition opener versus the Texans on Saturday, but after he was stripped sacked late in the first half LaFleur opted to keep the second-year quarterback on the sideline after halftime. An MRI on his right shoulder Sunday came back clean, but LaFleur clearly doesn't want to press the issue in the coming days. Previously, the coach relayed starter Aaron Rodgers was unlikely to suit up in the preseason, but if Love is forced to sit out Saturday, LaFleur may have to adjust those plans with just one other quarterback (Kurt Benkert) on the roster.

Aug 15, 2021 12:17 PM EST

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