Post-Draft Packers Position Analysis: Quarterback

A post-draft look at the Packers quarterbacks heading into next season. 

The Green Bay Packers sent shockwaves through the NFL when they selected Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It immediately drew comparisons to the Aaron Rodgers selection in 2005 while a future Hall of Famer in Brett Favre was still at the helm. Love isn’t expected to play this year, but there’s no disputing the team’s quarterback position will look and feel a lot different.  

For the average fan, this year's preseason may actually be worth watching. Instead of a less appealing backup battle between DeShone Kizer vs Tim Boyle, it will be the Love show. Good or bad it will be worth keeping track of as, for a rookie, especially a quarterback, reps during the preseason are extremely important.

The Packers may add another or cut a quarterback before the team meets again, but for now, it looks like this- Rodgers, Love, Boyle, and unknown rookie Jalen Morton. Here’s a closer look at all four.

1. Aaron Rodgers

Despite the team taking a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft, QB1 isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. In 2019, Rodgers had a good first year working with Matt LaFleur, posting 4,002 passing yards and 26 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Expect year two to be even better. Rodgers will have a deeper understanding of the playbook as will his receivers. It will be tough for him to lead the team to a 13-3 record in back to back years, but at the very least Rodgers should perform better in an offense he is more comfortable in. 

2. Jordan Love

Rarely is a quarterback not named Rodgers a lock to make the final roster. However, don’t expect love at first sight when it comes to the highly anticipated rookie quarterback. Every draft expert that says they like Love’s upside will also say he has a long way to go before becoming a successful NFL quarterback. Luckily, he can learn from the best every day at practice. Love will make plenty of mistakes if the near future. Last year, he led Division I with 20 interceptions. Having better talent around him than he did at Utah State will certainly help, but he must also improve his decision making. If Love can flash some brilliance in the preseason and also prove he’s an upgrade over Green Bay backups in recent years, all will be good heading into next season.

3. Tim Boyle

Boyle’s development in the past two seasons should have fans buzzing over the possibilities with Love. It appears the organization really does have a way with quarterbacks. Boyle entered 2018 as nothing more than a developmental prospect with a long shot of making an NFL roster. Much like Love, Boyle’s arm wasn’t the issue it was his ability to not put the ball in harm’s way. Boyle caught everyone by surprise that summer as he balled out during the 2018 preseason. He made the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent and went on to beat out a former second-rounder in Kizer the next year as the primary backup to Rodgers. For now, the sample size is too small to grasp if Boyle is capable of being the emergency quarterback. Boyle only saw action in a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 and completed three passes in garbage time. Honestly, he has yet to show anything against NFL starters. Of course, there’s a slight chance the Packers may keep three quarterbacks on the final roster, but if they don’t, Boyle will get looks elsewhere.

4. Jalen Morton

For anyone who doesn’t know Morton, Green Bay signed the developmental QB prospect as a UDFA at the conclusion of the draft. Morton has great size at 6-4, 226 lbs. As a senior at Prairie View, he threw for 1,841 yards, 15 TDs, 10 INTs while rushing 74 times for 450 yards and six TDs. Because of the system he played in, Morton is considered a dual-threat quarterback, but he could find his best fit as a facilitator from the pocket. He’s got an NFL-ready arm and a strong release that can find windows in the defense. Unfortunately, it will be an uphill battle for Morton who needs to be more consistent, work through his progressions better, and throw with anticipation- all traits required of an NFL quarterback. Morton's NFL journey may need a year or two on a team’s practice squad.

Summary:

Rodgers won’t be the only Packers quarterback to get excited about for next season. With all the uncertainty Love brings to the table, he also brings a lot of intrigue. Suddenly, meaningless games in August won't feel so meaningless. Meanwhile, it will also be interesting to see how the team handles Boyle. The UDFA out of Western Kentucky has worked his tail off to get to this point, so don’t expect him to go away quietly. One thing we do know  for sure is that preseason games in Green Bay will draw more notice than they have in over a decade.  

 

 

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

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ShooterMcGee's picture

May 11, 2020 at 06:43 am

It does provide me some comfort that we now have 2 quarterbacks that are better than Mitch Trubisky.

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Johnblood27's picture

May 11, 2020 at 09:28 pm

You mean 3 don't you?

I will give the turd-biscuit the nod over Morton for now.

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Mike Rossmeier's picture

May 11, 2020 at 07:14 am

I don't think it's certain there will be a full preseason or training camp for Love to prepare. That could keep Boyle No. 2 for awhile.
But if the Packers "have a way with QBs", they lost their way with Hundley and Kizer.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2020 at 09:41 am

Well you can’t win them all. I would not be shocked to see Boyle as the back up going into the season if there is little to no camp or he plays well during it. They picked Love to develop. There is no guarantee that they want him potentially playing straight away and they may see their investment as best served by not doing so.

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PhantomII's picture

May 12, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Another reason I wanted MM the QB whisperer gone. Practically zero QB development. MM also should have pounded it into Rodgers head to just move the Chains and point out all the receivers open that the ball could have gone to to get a fresh set of downs. This kid Love is better than Boyle. Boyle knows the offense better right now.

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nostradanus's picture

May 11, 2020 at 07:16 am

It is a cold dose of reality when your team invests a precious #1 pick on a QB when you have one of the greats in place at the position and greater immediate needs on your roster.
However, if Love hits and becomes the next “great QB” in Green Bay for 10-15 years Gute will be hailed as a genius and held in the same regard as Wolf & Thompson!
If the pick (Kisers) and Rodgers goes without another Super Bowl In his illustrious career Gute may be gone. Thus is life as an NFL GM.
If the picks hits big, other teams in the division will curse the Packers bravery and good fortune!
One thing is certain, Gute has balls!
If you want to be a home run hitter you can’t swing for singles you have to swing for the fences!
Go Pack!

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mnbadger's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:07 am

I agree with Brandon, preseason games will be must see this year. Hopefully JLo picks things up quickly and we can flip Tim Boyle for a decent draft pick. Maybe recoup the fourth rounder?

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Lphill's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:09 am

Just like I said after the draft , trade Rodgers to a contender , now stories online about how can Billicheck get Rodgers to the Patriots. It may be speculation for now but the thought is out there.

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Stroh's picture

May 11, 2020 at 11:44 am

Rodgers is going nowhere for at least 2 yrs and more likely at least 3 yrs. The Packers couldn't take the cap hit even if they wanted to trade him (which they don't). There's also been a lot written about the cap hit for moving on from Rodgers! Maybe you should start reading what matters instead of pretend crap that is nothing more than clickbait. But I guess there really is a sucker born every minute.

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stockholder's picture

May 11, 2020 at 10:05 am

As Long As Aaron Rodgers is the Starting QB for the Packers, I'm Happy. Next up doesn't matter.

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13chpshps's picture

May 11, 2020 at 10:58 am

Scouts are all over the map on Love. He has unique arm talent which can't be taught and has been described as teachable with a strong work ethic. A foundation which garners strong support for future success. But how do we describe success? A starter for several years such as Dalton, Carr, WInston, Newton... or a blue chipper like Rodgers, Brees, WIlson or Mahommes? Love has also been described by scouts as the next Deshon Kizer who GB also fell in love with. Many of us will expect nothing less than blue chip status as mgmt gambled for the long term while foregoing a major opportunity to upgrade support for a Super Bowl run with a legit blue chip QB. We shall see...

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Turophile's picture

May 11, 2020 at 11:21 am

It's all about advancement. In his first year or two Favre would have struggled much more if he hadn't had Sterling Sharpe there to toss it up to, a guy who could win almost all disputed balls. Rodgers was not the same guy when drafted as he was years later, when he finally started.

Guys like Kizer have talent, but they don't seem able to learn. That applies to all positions, it was what killed Spriggs chances with the Packers, or further back in history, Allen Barbre. THAT is the key to Love. If he can make steady progress, he's probably the next QB1 for the Pack. If he doesn't, he won't, it's that simple.

There may well be little or no preseason, it's hard to know what will be going on then. That would be a killer for many draftees, but Love has time. Sure we all want to see him in action, but even if he is short on preseason snaps, he can at least absorb the playbook....... and if there is any TC or preseason at all, he can learn from watching how Rodgers operates, from the bench. I'd be amazed if the interception-prone, 2019 version of Love can't pick up some very good lessons from watching the most interception-averse QB, that we've ever seen.

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May 11, 2020 at 04:29 pm

I didn't realize that Love HC in 2019 was (quarterback killer) Gary Anderson. Love will be fine...

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Stroh's picture

May 11, 2020 at 05:50 pm

Good stuff. Tho I would say its not so much the ability to learn. They can all learn the playbook and see the play on the board or on the Ipad. But its really the ability to translate the learned info onto the field and be able to make very quick sight adjustments on the fly during the play. The X's and O's are relatively easy, but applying its on the field during the game is what is really important. I assume that's what your trying to say.

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Coldworld's picture

May 12, 2020 at 07:59 am

I agree with you completely in terms of what makes or breaks QBs often being cerebral.

One of the knocks on Kizer was a lack of true confidence. We will never know what difference it would have made has he ended up being drafted into the situation Love has landed in.

The thing about Love is the 2018 season is so starkly different to the 2019 return. If one can process once, one doesn’t lose that. The real argument is therefore over the why. It is not like anyone argues that he should have completed less and been intercepted more in 2018 and that he just was incredibly lucky for an improbably long time.

Since there is no way of knowing for certain what is between his ears, one can only look at what he has done. Since he appears to have been able to do it for an extended period, the questions as to whether he is capable seem to be misguided absent some reason beyond the change in system and personnel that I’ve not seen cited. And it does seem pretty unanimous that the drop in not only experience but talent around him was of a dramatic magnitude,

For this reason, I have more optimism that we might have got lucky when he dropped as a result of 2019.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:52 pm

He is no fu....g Kiser,that is fact. Half of the scouts they yap with are on the happy hour tour. The same guys trashed Mahomes and laid out the red carpet for numbnuts in Cleveland.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

The only issue with our current QB room is that there is literally zero real game NFL experience behind Aaron Rodgers. If he goes down we’re done. There is no Matt Flynn to keep the season alive as he did in 2013 until Rodgers returned for the last game of the season.

If the worst does happen expect to see Love take over once he has a full week working with the #1s. Gute and MLF will want to see how well their new toy performs in games that count. If he bombs Boyle will get a shot. But if your #1 pick can’t beat out a UDFA, what does that tell us?

I just hope that Rodgers stays healthy so we have a reason for watching the games. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Lphill's picture

May 11, 2020 at 04:21 pm

The Packers made Love a first round pick , if they didn’t pick him I doubt he goes in the first round.

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Stroh's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:55 pm

From what I read, Carolina was moving up from top 2nd rd to above the Packers to get Love. That's why Gutey had to move up if he wanted him. Clearly he did. But there were strong indications that someone (Carolina) was moving up for Love.

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Coldworld's picture

May 12, 2020 at 08:03 am

You are free to doubt. Based on your recent posts, fortunately I am equally free to doubt that you currently have the ability to be remotely objective.

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Oppy's picture

May 11, 2020 at 06:37 pm

For the first time in 30 years, The Packers are actually building an offense that doesn't require an elite level QB to put the team on his back to stand a chance at winning a game. LeFleur's offense is a great bridge to the post-Rodgers era.

I don't think there's been a time in the last 30 years where the Packers have a better chance at success with a back up QB having to step in for an extended period of time than they have right now.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:54 pm

It moves the WCO back to Walsh's model.

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Johnblood27's picture

May 11, 2020 at 09:36 pm

Yeah, Walsh's model...

Where even that bum Montana could succeed.

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murf7777's picture

May 12, 2020 at 10:11 am

I would argue that with, Brunell, Flynn, hasselback, Detmer and Brooks all went to other teams with starting success.

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Oppy's picture

May 12, 2020 at 06:29 pm

I'm talking about the system, not personnel

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May 11, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Short term the QB room will have better depth and talent with the addition of some Love. Short term I hope we only see Love or Boyle in pre-season or mop up duty. Long term I'm hoping for the best, and expecting the NFC north to suffer through another decade plus of great GB quarterbacking

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wildbill's picture

May 11, 2020 at 02:11 pm

I liked watching preseason games anyway but now the bar is raised. I am predicting there will be a lot of negative comments about Love if he doesn’t shine. I was at Rodgers first Packer practice and he looked terrible so I think patience will be the key on Love. Hopefully Love only sees the field in mop up duties, during a win, in the next three years

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Coldworld's picture

May 12, 2020 at 08:06 am

I hope not. They were open about drafting to develop. If people expect him to excel from the start, they obviously don’t listen. Of course that means you are probably right :(

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May 11, 2020 at 03:08 pm

I also remember Rodgers in his first year....not good. He definitely those years for seasoning and it really paid off. Same can happen for Love.

Now, stop the foolish talk about Rodgers in NE. Talk about loggerheads! Belichek and Rodgers, I can't see it.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 11, 2020 at 04:33 pm

Now that's one 30 for 30 I like to see... :-)

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 11, 2020 at 08:57 pm

Again, watch Favre's first game with the Falcons.

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May 11, 2020 at 09:06 pm

Boyle won't be the back up and it won't be about how they perform but how many reps you get in practice. I wouldn't be shocked to see Boyle not make the team and they carry just two QBs so Love can get all the reps #12 doesn't take. That is what they did for Rodgers his first couple of years in the league. If Rodgers goes down Boyle doesn't give them much chance to win so the team is better off in the long run to give Love all the reps he can possibly take. If he is the next man up in Green Bay beating out Boyle shouldn't be an issue.

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Booner's picture

May 12, 2020 at 07:54 am

Nostradanus summed it up perfectly! If Love turns out to be GB's new QB for the next decade Gute will be here as well! If not then what a brutal waste of a HOF QB'S last few years and Murphy and Gute need to go!

GO PACK!

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May 12, 2020 at 10:16 am

I disagree and fortunately winning franchises don’t make decisions based on a busted first round draft pick. Stability in the FO is what makes winning franchises...IE: Patriots. Steelers, Ravens, Nee Orleans, Seattle, etc....

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