Jordan Love is once again stuck behind Aaron Rodgers on the depth chart, as he would be until the fateful day No. 12 decides to retire.
Rodgers is a unique breed — as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, he seems to only be getting better despite entering his age-38 season.
The Cal product has won back-to-back NFL MVP awards, and despite losing star wide receiver Davante Adams, expects to be in the mix once again in 2022.
So, Love’s outlook cannot be a positive one. He’s struggled in brief regular-season appearances so far, and there is no starting spot waiting for him in Green Bay.
Jordan Love impressing at Packers training camp
The following update, from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein, paints an ideal picture of Love: “Jordan Love is making more throws that look like they’re from a skilled passer.
Hit Sammy Watkins in stride on a deep corner and in 3rd and goal drill, threw a pretty pass into back corner that only Romeo Doubs could get. 87 made a fingertip catch and got feet down.”
If Green Bay still thinks they have several years left on Rodgers, then what’s the point of keeping his heir-apparent? Love is 23 years of age, succeeding at training camp, and may never be viewed as favorably as he is now.
After an impressive practice, Love spoke about his maturity and growth as a passer:
“I think it does show growth, just to be able to trust that I know where the receiver is going to be, with pressure in my face, and still try to slow it down a little bit to focus on where I need to put the ball,” Love said.
With that, Green Bay‘s front office — namely Brian Gutekunst — is left with an intriguing decision.
Should he keep Love around for when Rodgers does eventually decide to leave? And does the front office believe enough in Love to be that guy, and lead the offense with the same capability as No. 12?
If not, perhaps trading him now is the better alternative.