Many fans were disappointed when the Green Bay Packers traded up in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft and selected quarterback Jordan Love. The former Utah State star did not fill an immediate need for the Packers who already had one of the league’s top signal callers in Aaron Rodgers and had reached the NFC Championship Game the previous season.
Love did not play as a rookie in 2020. In fact, he was third on the depth chart behind Rodgers and Tim Boyle and was inactive for all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests. This only served frustrate fans more and there was talk on social media of Love being a “wasted drafted choice.”
But one year does not a career make. Here are four reasons why it’s too soon for the Packers and their fans to write off Jordan Love:
The Packers Knew He was a Project When They Drafted Him
Most NFL scouts agreed about one thing: Love has the potential to become a quality NFL starting quarterback but he was not yet ready to play right away. In short, he was a project who would need to spend some time maturing and correcting some issues in his game before he would be ready to start in the NFL.
For the Packers, the plan was simple: let Rodgers start for another few years while the team groomed Love behind him. When Rodgers was ready to retire, Love would be ready to take over as the Packers next starting quarterback.
The fact that Love did not play all season was hardly a surprise. He wasn’t expected to play unless the Pack was involved in a blowout or if Rodgers and/or Boyle got hurt. Thankfully, that didn’t happen in 2020. In fact, Rodgers stayed healthy all season and had an outstanding season, winning the league MVP award for the third time in his career and for the first time since 2014.