Now that they have traded franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets, the Green Bay Packers are entering a brave new world.
After three years of waiting on the sidelines, Jordan Love will start under center for them, and he will have the opportunity to prove that he is worthy of being the face of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said Love is fired up and ready to go.
Brian Gutekunst said he had a good talk with Jordan Love today:
"He's very energized and ready to go. We got a lot of guys in right now."
Says there's "a lot of juice" in the locker room.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) April 26, 2023
Love was the No. 26 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by Green Bay after three seasons at Utah State University.
In his last season there, he posted 3,402 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes, and the prior season he threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Since then, he has appeared in 10 NFL games, but he has attempted just 83 passes, completing just 50 of them, and there simply isn’t nearly enough of a sample space to predict what he will become over time as a starter.
A problem for him and the Packers is that they do not have a top-level wide receiver to help Love develop and gain confidence.
All-Pro wideout Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders a year ago, and Allen Lazard, who was their most productive receiver in 2022, left to join Rodgers in New York.
As part of the Rodgers trade, the Packers will have the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft, which they could use on either a wide receiver or tight end.
If they opt for a tight end, Dalton Kincaid or Michael Mayer could be available, and both are thought of very highly by scouts.NEXT: Fans React To Today's Packers Video