Jordan Love is still waiting for his chance to become the Green Bay Packers‘ starting quarterback.
We’ll soon find out whether that opportunity will come in 2023.
For now, let’s take a look back at his 2022 season. While Love didn’t play often, he made an impact in his biggest opportunity against the Philadelphia Eagles.
2022 season review
Across four games, Love completed 14 of 21 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 112.2.
It’s hard to take too much away from Love’s occasional opportunities, as he often came into games when the contest was effectively over.
Love threw five passes in the Packers’ heavy loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 and four passes when defeat was guaranteed against the New York Jets. He finished the game in Week 17 with the Packers cruising to victory over the Vikings.
But Week 12 was a different story.
Against the Eagles, Love entered the game due to an Aaron Rodgers injury. The Packers were behind by 14 points, but with over 11 minutes to play, the game was far from over.
In stepped Love. Completion to AJ Dillon for five yards. Completion to Allen Lazard for seven. Completion to Christian Watson — sixty-three yards and to the house. Game on.
Talk about making a statement. The Packers were within seven.
On the next drive with a chance to tie the game, here came Love.
Completion to Watson for 15 yards. Incompletion to Aaron Jones, but this may have been Love’s best throw of the night, a beautiful back-shoulder pass. Jones should’ve made the catch.
He then found Lazard for 17 yards and a first down before barely missing Watson in the end zone, throwing on the move.
Green Bay ended up settling for a field goal, and Philadelphia closed out the game on offense.
But Love showed a ton of promise. He made quick decisions, threw on time, in rhythm, and was accurate.
This performance left Packers fans wanting to see more.
The question is whether we will see more in 2023.
Aaron Rodgers is still deciding his future. He could retire. He could return to the NFL, but it may not be in Green Bay. For the time being, Love waits.
If Rodgers is back with the Packers, what’s next for Love? Will he stick around as the backup QB again, or will he request a trade? Nobody could blame him if he did.
Love enters year four. He needs to start, somewhere, sooner rather than later.
Maybe it’s as Green Bay’s new starting quarterback in September. Maybe not.
But it’s about time Love got an opportunity.