First Preseason Game Will Be Great Opportunity for Jordan Love

Jordan Love to receive a majority of the reps against the Houston Texans. 

After having no preseason as a rookie, Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love will get his first NFL game action at the end of the week. The Packers are scheduled to take on the Houston Texans this Saturday in their first preseason game of 2021. Love is expected to get a lot of work in after head coach Matt LaFleur announced he would receive a bulk of the snaps.

Earlier this week, LaFleur also stated that “select veterans” would be sitting out.

“We’re not going to play everybody in that first preseason game,” LaFleur said Monday. “You want to make sure that you’re getting good, quality work in with those guys, and it will be a great opportunity for those young guys to go out there get some much-needed experience in this league.”

Aaron Rodgers will be among the veterans to remain on the sideline against the Texans. Rodgers could probably go without a single snap during the preseason and be completely fine for the regular season. It sounds like things could shape out that way after LaFleur said Tuesday that Rodgers would “most likely not” play during the preseason. Resting Rodgers gives Green Bay a chance to evaluate more of Love’s play before Rodgers takes over for the regular season.

Love recently played in front of a crowd of almost 35,000 people at Family Night. As expected, for every good thing that Love did, something not so good was soon to follow.

“There were some really good things, and then there were some things we got to clean up,” LaFleur affirmed.

LaFleur then referenced multiple fumbles Love had during Family Night.

“We can’t have the ball on the ground,” he said.

Love also threw an interception to rookie corner Eric Stokes, but there were instances in which he flashed his arm strength with some impressive throws downfield and outside the numbers. The highs and lows of an inexperienced but talented young quarterback are alive and well in Love’s game. However, as LaFleur pointed out, turnovers are impermissible.

“Ultimately, we got to make sure he’s doing a great job of taking care of that football because that’s what typically is the biggest indicator of wins and losses,” LaFleur stated.

Love will have a lot of hype built around Saturday’s since it is his first notable appearance as a pro. However, in its totality, this year’s preseason will be great experience for Love. No preseason in 2020 impacted his development to the point that the Packers were not comfortable having Love as their backup. Instead, Tim Boyle served as the backup to Rodgers last season, while Love did not dress for a single game. 

Love’s matchup with Houston will be his first game since 2019. In a losing effort against Kent State, Love completed 30 out of 39 passes for 317 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.

Luckily, Love will not have to worry about wins and losses in August. The preseason can be a great teacher, especially for young quarterbacks, but Love needs to show his coaches that he is in command of the offense.

This week’s exhibition will provide a great look at Green Bay’s younger players with Love at the forefront.

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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Coldworld's picture

August 11, 2021 at 12:11 pm

If I recall, the fumbles resulted in a change of snapper and LaFleur was not addressing responsibility as this would imply. That aside, Love needs all the games he can get, but the expectations many have for his showing seem to be getting further and further from reality.

Rodgers was awful in his first scrimmage and not much better in his second, though showing progress. If Love can be better than that it is a good sign. I posted this as part of response on an earlier thread. We need to remember that this is the start of a long process for a player going into his first pre season game:

As a reminder, here’s Rodgers reminiscing in 2008 about his first Family Night: “ Had an up-and-down scrimmage my first year (in 2005). I think I completed one pass that night. It wasn’t pretty. Threw a pick on the first play to (then-cornreback, now-scout) Brandian Ross for a touchdown the other way (in 2011). So it hasn’t been the greatestof nights for me.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/madison.com/sports/football/professional/a-...

As he put it in 2006, “What a difference a year makes." That was after his second Family night where he completed 11 of 23 passes for 92 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers didn’t become Rodgers until 2009. It is a long curve and most QBs that do work out take 3 to four years (sitting or starting). Rodgers also had 3 months of full time QB school each year, since outlawed by the 2011 CBA restrictions on off season contact.

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TarynsEyes's picture

August 11, 2021 at 12:22 pm

The offense will be scripted to ensure easy success plays to make Love look as good as possible. Love cannot afford to look bad on the easy plays purposely scripted/called for his benefit. They'll be no hiding from such failure if Love were to achieve it.

https://youtu.be/hNatmCHkI-Q

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Coldworld's picture

August 11, 2021 at 12:22 pm

Like Rodgers did? This kind of standard for a guy in his first game is nuts.

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TarynsEyes's picture

August 11, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Can we please stop with the Rodgers' first-year comparisons? It's a totally different league in how 1st round QBs drafted and the expectations placed that include starting asap. This is not the NFL jump from the college of lore, it's now more the NFcL, the National Football 'college' League especially for QBs making the transition.

The video was offered as to the ridiculous rants by some if Love looks bad, but the main point is viable to be asked. How do you f that up?

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Coldworld's picture

August 11, 2021 at 01:40 pm

No, it really isn’t. You can look up pretty much any other QB except Rothlisburger and Herbert and find the same pattern.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 12, 2021 at 12:27 am

I dispute the assertion that it’s a “totally different league” in how teams address theQB position. It seems to me that there are multiple approaches that worked: Rodgers waited 3 years, Mahomes 1, Wilson was a starter from the first game, like Josh Allen.

IMO, the key is putting a good team around the QB. He needs more time than Rodgers does and that means protection. We don’t want him taking shots and turning it over.

I would also say that nobody is as good, or as bad, as they might have looked. Rodgers didn’t exactly look like a first ballot HOFer in his first start. And the comparisons of Love and Rodgers are part of the deal so you can forget not making them.

Right now, all Love has to do Saturday is not turn the ball over and complete some passes. I’m pretty sure he can do that. Next week, the bar is a little higher.

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CoachDino's picture

August 12, 2021 at 01:35 am

Ya, it's not a totally different league. Granted if you go back 30 years precap and the QB being so critical it might hold some water. I'm not sure but Ithink people sometimes look at top 5 draft picks the same as the last 5 picks in the draft while in reality they are rated worlds apart and have completely different expectations.Check out a draft value chart, it tells the whole story.

As the norm a top1-4 draft position QB taken by a terrible team will be more likely to start than a mid to late first rd pick, I would suggest that due to the cap and what used to be a very favorable 5th yr option that a overhyped strategy of riding a rookie contract QB to the SB has given many fans a false narrative. Sure if you can hit on it like KC did and to some may include Wentz, Lamar and Goeff, its a big plus but its certainly not the norm. plus there was the trend of locking them up after 3 years that really backfired.

Other than Mahomes I can't name 1 SB champion team QB that was on a rookie contract when they won. I'd bet there is at least 1 more.

The key. to a point is to resign your rookie development QB to a mid tier contract if he shows promise in year 3 or 4. I'm very interested in seeing what happens with
Lamar, Baker, Murray , Josh etc going forward.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 12, 2021 at 07:36 am

Josh already happened and it was a real cap-buster!

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Matt Gonzales's picture

August 11, 2021 at 01:49 pm

The offense will be incredibly vanilla, and while MLF might call some easy plays early to build up Love's confidence, we aren't going to see a lot of offensive creativity in terms of scheming players open. It's going to a lot of simple route concepts to see how receivers adjust to coverage and how he does reading the field pre and post snap.

Being his first in game action in 2 years I'm not expecting a lot from Love. I will consider it a win if he shows signs he is working through his progressions vs. taking off if his first read isn't there, is able to hit a recover in stride, and most importantly, is able to make passes in the pocket. We already know he can roll out and throw on the run. What too many college QBs can't adjust to is take a snap under center, drop back, and then climb the pocket to make a pass.

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Wrongbayfeldlman's picture

August 12, 2021 at 12:13 am

You have some inside information?
How do you know how the offense will be scripted?
Maybe the plan is to stress him and see how he reacts. Or, maybe the plan is to see how he reads and reacts before the snap.
Aren’t plays always called for the benefit of the qb?
Do they call plays that make Rodgers look bad?
All these experts.

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CoachDino's picture

August 12, 2021 at 01:39 am

Mainly because they don't want to "put plays on film" for other teams to scout. It's almost always that way, its nothing new, Why show the league your new plays, formations, personnel grouping etc,, in a game that means nothing.

The Defense often will do the same thing.

Closed practice is where the new stuff comes out.

The odds will most likely be against Love as the Offense will sit its best players leaving him to work with back-ups, probably against starters for a few series as the opponent will likely sit its best D players early on as well.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 11, 2021 at 01:38 pm

The whole over analysis of Jordan Love's performance even before he plays is ludicrous. Thinking that LF will intentionally script plays only for Love to be successful in preseason is ludicrous in my opinion. Love is going to be impressive at times and he is going to make some bad plays at times. The Packers have way more important things to unravel prior to the season than try to make sure plays are scripted in order for Love to look good.

With time, patience, experience, and hard work Love is going to be a very good QB. For now he simply has to work hard, pay attention, and learn. His time is coming! Personally, I am looking forward to seeing him play, but also for so many other young and upcoming players.

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Bure9620's picture

August 11, 2021 at 01:52 pm

Outstanding opportunity for Jordan Love to just go play.
MLF indicated veterans will be resting, which I take to mean the majority of second and 3rd units.
I really hope the second team Offensive line is up to snuff to give Love the normal amount of a time in the pocket. Otherwise this could look bad.

I will just be looking for Love's pocket presence. Is he looking down at the rush? How does he assess coverage? (which will be vanilla). You saw Rodgers tuck and run very early in the play these preseason games early in his career....

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stockholder's picture

August 11, 2021 at 02:50 pm

Hell yes, he needs to show his stuff. Don't start the comparison crap. He was drafted #1 for a reason. Either he's worthy of the pick, or not. Wait for improvement?. Sure while the rest of the team loses their window. I want to see why the hell Gute picked him! And why he should replace Rodgers!

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packer132's picture

August 11, 2021 at 06:11 pm

You draft a QB when you are not desperate for one. Ron Wolf would draft a quarterback almost every year, though not a high pick. Love was drafted early as Rodgers had two average years and injuries, and were not expecting him to start the first year. Rodgers played in 7 games his first 3 years in the league, and was fair to average at best. Nobody expected Covid in 2020 which cancelled training camp and preseason games. I don't expect much in his first action, though hope he gets good experience in the 3 preseason games. He is only an injury away from starting, and all will see what he has. I hope its good, to shutup so many people that expect him to be all-pro or up to Rodger's ability of a 13 year starter.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

August 11, 2021 at 03:43 pm

I hope we will See Jordan Love go out there and run the offense smoothly. Take snaps cleanly and make solid hand offs to the backs. Hit the open receivers on short and medium routes and perhaps launch a long one or two like he has done in practice on occasion.

What we won't get to see during this preseason are the sophisticated defenses that he would face during the regular season. I really hope that Jordan will have the ability that Rodgers has to read defensive schemes that have been the downfall of many promising young quarterbacks that have come into the league. Love has the physical tools needed to play well and if he can master the mental aspects I do believe we will have a winner in that young man.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 11, 2021 at 09:16 pm

Open up the offense for him and let him rip it, no time for the red hat league.

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Packers0808's picture

August 11, 2021 at 03:44 pm

Gut feeling Love will look very pedestrian and quite lousy to be all honest! The guy is too inconsistent and don't think he has wherewithall to ever change that much down the road! Instincts of not even going after fumbles that LaFluer referred to is showing a very poor future. Either he was afraid or was told not to try to recover because of possible injury, but can't see coaching doing the latter! I do wish him luck and better than decent 1st outing!

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croatpackfan's picture

August 11, 2021 at 04:08 pm

You should not judge others by yourself...

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Packers0808's picture

August 11, 2021 at 05:43 pm

You should not be one to worry about what others think! Mind your own Ps and Qs before you start shooting off your big mouth!

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LeotisHarris's picture

August 11, 2021 at 08:19 pm

You should stop giving a thumbs up to your own posts.

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Packers0808's picture

August 11, 2021 at 10:55 pm

Huh? Can you do that? You must do that to know that. Yes I looked at your site and with all the points I see you do know that!

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Packers0808's picture

August 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Can you do that? didn't know that! By looking at your name and site I guess you do know that by giving yourself thumbs up!

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Packers0808's picture

August 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Can you do that? didn't know that! By looking at your name and site I guess you do know that by giving yourself thumbs up!

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Leatherhead's picture

August 12, 2021 at 12:33 am

Actually, I believe we’re not supposed to judge others. In fact, I think there’s a specific warning about judging.

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Horrible4's picture

August 11, 2021 at 04:38 pm

Why dive to retrieve a fumble in a practice and risk yourself getting hurt before preseason? I doubt many other Quarterbacks (besides the ones drafted recently and likely have starting jobs) would have tried to recover it.

Yes, it is just preseason, but Love has the foresight to understand that his development in preseason means more than trying to recover a fumble (and possibly getting hurt) in a practice session. I would say these actions are contrary to your statement, and show a positive outlook on his future.

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Packers0808's picture

August 11, 2021 at 05:04 pm

Each person judges what they believe what they see!

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Horrible4's picture

August 11, 2021 at 05:21 pm

Well think of it this way: do you want him going all out in a practice in order to get limited development in a practice setting where players are half trying? Or would you rather him be healthy and go all out for a preseason game against players trying to make the roster and are playing harder?

It's practice against his own team against players that are half trying, nothing is lost if he doesn't go for the ball, he only gains knowledge and experience. It's about context, the behavior is different in a game day setting vs. practice and you really shouldn't be reading that much into it.

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Packers0808's picture

August 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

Nope everyone sees things different, makes form interesting discussions, beliefs and views!

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Befuddled's picture

August 12, 2021 at 01:37 pm

I see nothing wrong with trying to retrieve a fumble in practice...............JC Tretter

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Bure9620's picture

August 13, 2021 at 01:15 pm

You mean you would tell a guy in a Red jersey and a locked in roster spot to dive head first into a pile to recover a fumble against his own teammates?? In Training camp? I am sure Rodgers is sacrificing his body, lowering his helmet and volunteering to be a lead blocker in many circumstances in training camp..........

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dobber's picture

August 11, 2021 at 04:17 pm

Headline should read, "First preseason game will be FIRST opportunity for Jordan Love". We can't be blowing it up into more than it really is: which is his first chance to run the offense against players he doesn't see every day in practice.

Run the offense, make good reads, take care of the football, make the right calls at the line...then go home and sleep well thinking about what you can improve on for game 2.

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Todd's picture

August 11, 2021 at 07:35 pm

Nailed it, dobber.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 12, 2021 at 07:42 am

Cookie...

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PatrickGB's picture

August 12, 2021 at 09:18 am

As a Packers fan I have enjoyed Farve and Rodgers for decades. I knew than there would be a time when the next QB would face a incredible history and standard of play from his predecessors. It just may have come sooner than expected. I wish the kid all the best and hope he does well. At this time he is inconsistent yet flashes good plays now and again. The CBA no longer allows for the “QB school” so it’s going to take a while to really see if he can improve. He really needed a few years behind #12 but it’s unlikely to happen. I see some Josh Allen in him and think he will improve in two, three years.

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