The Packers are finally ready to unveil Jordan Love.
On Tuesday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur revealed that Aaron Rodgers will “most likely” not play in the preseason, setting the stage for Love to appear in game action for the first time in his NFL career. Love will see “the majority” of snaps before Kurt Benkert takes over during Saturday’s first preseason game against the Texans.
Love, Green Bay’s first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, last appeared in a game during the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, 2020, following his final season at Utah State. The 22-year-old was inactive his entire rookie season, including the Packers’ two playoff games.
“This is the moment I’ve been preparing for even since last year, not having preseason,” Love said. “It’s almost like I’ve been training a year just for this first preseason game. I’m sure excited to get out there and get back to playing ball.”
On Saturday, Love struggled during the Packers’ Family Night practice at Lambeau Field, fumbling three times in rainy conditions.
LaFleur insisted that “there was a lot of good” in Love’s performance.
“More than anything else, the one thing that we’ll make sure to keep pressing on to him is just the tempo in and out of the huddle,” LaFleur said. “There were a couple times he may have gotten a bad play call in there in terms of how we set the formations, and he’s got to be able to figure that out and get everybody lined up so we can go out there and execute.”
During his three seasons as a signal-caller at Utah State, Love threw for 60 touchdowns and 8,600 yards, adding nine rushing scores. His standout 2018 sophomore season —where he threw a career-best 32 touchdowns — was capped off with a New Mexico Bowl MVP and second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.