Entering the season with the youngest roster in the entire NFL, the Green Bay Packers certainly were in evaluation mode in conjunction with trying to compete in the wide-open NFC North. Given the fact that the Packers are on the cusp of making the playoffs, and given what we're about to discuss in this article, I would say this year has been a pretty substantial success for the franchise.
The Packers' young core of players has done extremely well. It's been a changing of the guard offensively with head coach Matt LaFleur as the primary common denominator, but the Packers have not only been able to withstand the major change they've taken on the last two years (trading Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers), but they've seemingly thrived.
General manager Brian Gutekunst has done a great job in conjunction with LaFleur and his staff of finding fits for the scheme and culture of the franchise. Which players have entrenched themselves as foundation pieces going forward?
1. Jordan Love, QB
The most significant evaluation piece for the 2023 season for the Packers was obviously the development of quarterback Jordan Love. The first-round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft has been at the center of controversy the last handful of years, and for nothing he did wrong. Love was targeted by Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur, and created the situation we saw come to an end in 2023 with Aaron Rodgers and the organization.
It was messy, and the way it ended certainly placed a lot of pressure on Love to perform. And he has done exactly that. He's got 30 passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns, and he's completed 63.1 percent of his throws. Love hasn't been flawless all year, but he's got 10 games with at least two passing touchdowns and has helped the Packers get in position to make the postseason.
Love has been a stud for most of this season, and the Packers will obviously move forward with him as the franchise QB. That development is as big as any this year.