When the offseason started, we didn’t know whether Aaron Rodgers would remain the Green Bay Packers quarterback, get traded, or retire.
But with Rodgers returning for at least one more season, where does this leave third-year Jordan Love?
Will Love ever get an opportunity to become QB1 in Green Bay, or is his future going to be on a new team?
Love featured in six games for the Packers, mostly entering late in the fourth quarter.
He made one start, in Week 9 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Love went 19/34 for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Love also saw significant playing time in Week 18. The Packers pulled most of their starters early in the game having already secured the NFC’s top seed. Love went 10/17 for 134 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
2021 season review
It’s not easy to fairly grade Love’s season as he only made one start. And in that game, he wasn’t helped by some poor offensive line play that saw pressure in Love’s face almost immediately on many occasions.
However, Love didn’t play well. There’s no getting around that.
The encouraging part was that he did improve late on and led a fourth-quarter rally. It proved to be too little, too late, but it was good to see nonetheless.
Love is still developing his game and until we see him get extensive action in the regular season, we won’t be able to fairly judge his performances.
Will he make the roster?
It sure seems like the Packers won’t be trading Love this summer. The best opportunity to do that likely would’ve come in the draft. Assuming they don’t trade him, Love will be Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
What to expect in 2022
Had Rodgers committed to playing two or three more seasons, perhaps the Packers would be more likely to trade their former first-round pick.
But with the back-to-back MVP not committing to anything beyond this current season, there is still a slight possibility Rodgers retires in 2023, giving Love his opportunity.
For this season, we should expect more of the same. Barring an injury to Rodgers, Love will only feature late in the fourth quarter of games.
Still, Love needs to make the most of the opportunities he gets, including in the preseason.