Jordan Love is going to prove a lot of people wrong this season.
The Green Bay Packers have been here before, turning the page to their new starting quarterback who has spent three years learning from a Hall-of-Famer. Things turned out pretty well for Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Brett Favre, and the Packers will be hoping Love can be their next long-term starter.
Love has shown improvements each year in the NFL, and he was impressive coming off the bench in the Packers' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
The Packers clearly believe he's ready, moving on from Rodgers and handing Love a contract extension.
However, Love isn't getting much respect as he prepares for his first season as a starter.
Jordan Love: Packers QB disrespected in NFL rankings
Kyle Brandt of Good Morning Football has ranked every starting quarterback in the NFC this season, and he has shown no respect to the Packers' new starter.
Love is in the sixth of seven tiers alongside Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell. Rookie Bryce Young is in the seventh tier.
Baker Mayfield and Brock Purdy are in the tier above Love.
Of course, nobody expects Love to be ranked near the top. He hasn't played enough. However, if the Packers had the choice of Mayfield, Purdy, or Love to be their starting quarterback, give me Love every day of the week.
Yes, Love has to prove himself, but we're talking about a first-round pick who has spent three seasons developing his game and working alongside one of the all-time greats in Aaron Rodgers.
Given an opportunity against the Eagles last season, Love torched the league's No. 1 passing defense and looked every bit the starting quarterback the Packers believe he is. Yes, it was a small sample size, but it was still highly encouraging.
Unlike Ridder and Howell, Love was a first-round pick. Not only that, he has had three years of NFL experience, even if he hasn't played many regular-season snaps. That matters.
It's easy to forget that Love was one of the top-ranked quarterback prospects in 2020. There's a reason why many mock drafts, including this one from ESPN draft expert Todd McShay, had Love going ahead of Justin Herbert in the top 10.
In 2018, he threw for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns, and only six interceptions at Utah State. He has the talent, he just needed time in the NFL to develop before getting a chance to start.
Love wasn't ready to start as a rookie. He needed time, which is exactly what he was given in Green Bay.
Yet for some reason, he continues to get written off. Love can prove a lot of people wrong in 2023.