With Jordan Love set to take over for the Green Bay Packers, the only thing left to define was who was going to back him up.
That’s no longer a mystery, as HC Matt LaFleur recently cleared the air on the situation.
According to a report by Dov Kleiman, the Packers have named Sean Clifford, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Penn State, as their QB2.
Update: #Packers named rookie 5th round pick, Sean Clifford, their QB2 behind Jordan Love, per coach Matt LaFleur.
Clifford stats this pre-season:
84.2 QB Rating
33 of 45 Passing
7.6 Yards Per Attempt pic.twitter.com/8fIvMS0Zhp
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 25, 2023
Clifford has been somewhat surprising in the preseason, completing 33 of 45 passes (73.3%) for 345 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for an 84.2 QB Rating, logging 7.6 passing yards per attempt.
Notably, this decision has been far from a surprise, as the Packers have raved about Clifford ever since the start of their OTAs.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound specimen felt comfortable in LaFleur’s offense from the go, and the Packers felt like they didn’t need another veteran behind Love to feel confident about their QB room entering the season.
Despite a pick-six and two interceptions, he looked quite poised against the Cincinnati Bengals, even becoming a bigger talking point than Love among Packers nation, at least for that week.
Clifford’s best trait might be his ability to improvise and make plays on the run.
He’s reportedly thrived in two-minute drills during practice, even leading the No. 2 offense to a drive-winning score in their final practice during training camp.
The Packers enter the season with plenty of question marks, and people still don’t know what to make of them now that Rodgers is gone.NEXT: Eagles Veteran Praises Jordan Love’s Abilities