Packers 2020 roster preview: Jordan Love needs time to develop

Jordan Love (Photo by: Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
Jordan Love (Photo by: Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /

The Packers will be hoping they don’t need Jordan Love in 2020.

The Green Bay Packers shocked the world by trading up in the first round to select quarterback Jordan Love.

It effectively puts a timer on the end of Aaron Rodgers’ career in Green Bay, even if the transition to Love as the starter is still a few years away.

There’s been some talk about whether Love will be given snaps in his rookie season, which would be a mistake, or whether he’ll sit for a few years to develop his game under Rodgers. The latter would be the smart option and it could pay off huge in a few years.

2019 stats

Love played 13 games for Utah State last season, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. His numbers were down from the year prior when he threw 32 touchdown passes with only six interceptions.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

The Packers didn’t trade up in the first round for Love to cut him before he even plays a snap. He’s a roster lock.

What to expect in 2020?

Hopefully, the Packers won’t need Love to play many snaps in 2020. He should be given time to sit and learn and not be used in any creative packages on offense. And as long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, there will be no need for Love to enter the field.

And that would be ideal. Give him the time he needs to sit and learn, develop his game, and work on the areas he needs to improve. Love has all the potential in the world to become a very good quarterback in this league but he needs to work on some important parts of his game such as protecting the football.

There’s no quarterback better to learn from when it comes to protecting the football than Aaron Rodgers. He does it better than most QBs who have ever played in the NFL.

In the short term, the question will be whether the Packers keep two quarterbacks or three. Will Love be the immediate backup to Rodgers and be the man to start games if Rodgers gets hurt? Or will they go with a veteran like Tim Boyle as the number two, ensuring Love doesn’t need to play right away?