Jordan Love gives the Packers a better backup QB situation in 2020.
Jordan Love may have been selected with the future in mind, but he also helps strengthen the Green Bay Packers‘ roster immediately.
The backup QB position has been one of uncertainty for the Packers in recent years.
Rewind to 2013. When Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in a loss to the Chicago Bears, the Packers weren’t prepared.
Seneca Wallace was the backup quarterback. He came in and struggled before also getting hurt. That opened the door for Scott Tolzien, who also struggled. Eventually, the Packers were reunited with former backup Matt Flynn, who helped lead the team to two crucial victories.
Brett Hundley filled in for Rodgers in 2017, starting nine games. While Hundley did help the Packers win three games — enough to keep them in playoff contention once Rodgers returned — he threw just nine touchdown passes with 12 interceptions. In the games he started, Green Bay went 3-6, including two shutout losses.
Green Bay didn’t need backup Tim Boyle last season with Rodgers starting all 16 games, but if the two-time MVP had missed any time, it’s hard to imagine Boyle leading the team to victory on too many occasions.
Even if Boyle remains the backup QB this season, the quarterback depth has improved. Love might not be ready to start just yet, and he might not even be ready to fill in for Rodgers, but he has the upside to become a star player in the NFL over time. In the short term, he can improve the backup quarterback situation.
Ian Hartitz of Pro Football Focus has ranked every team’s backup situations in 2020, with the Packers coming in at No. 12. It could be a lot worse. And not so long ago, it was.
Ideally, the Packers will keep three quarterbacks on the roster this season. If Rodgers misses time, go with Boyle as the backup. If Boyle struggles, bring in Love.
Overall, the backup QB situation has improved.