Last offseason, the only updates we got on Jordan Love were from the credentialed reporters in attendance for Green Bay Packers training camp, and even then, they were prohibited from videoing the action.
It was by far the most limited offseason we’ve ever seen, so definitely not the best time to be a fan of a team who drafted a QB in the first round.
When the 2020 regular season kicked off, Love entered full hibernation mode for the entire season. A healthy inactive for every game, the only sight there was to see of Love all year was the image of him releasing a ball in a Packers t-shirt pre-game in New Orleans.
An image that went on to be the thumbnail for every single piece of content on Love for the better part of 10 months… because simply, there were no other images!
In the Packers preseason opener, we finally got to see Love dawning the green and gold and we finally got to see a taste of the Utah State man in NFL game action.
With Tim Boyle out of the equation, we’ve been able to derive so much more from Love this season than we could last, but even with that, Love has still only played one half of a preseason game.
Love will start tonight but how long he stays in the game will depend on the status of his arm. I would imagine Kurt Benkert may get the last quarter or maybe even the full 2nd half to see out the preseason, but all eyes are on Love yet again.
Hopefully he’ll receive some better pass protection this time around. He’ll be without his favorite target from a fortnight ago as Devin Funchess landed on season ending IR.
In his stead will be Malik Taylor, the leader of the clubhouse for the final roster spot at WR.
It would be extremely reassuring if Love were to build even further on his strong debut, and Packers fans could enter the season at least with the optimism that maybe it’s not all downhill from here after all.
The difference in this year’s hibernation is that Love will be on standby if anything were to happen to Aaron Rodgers. We may also get to see Love in some garbage time action in some games throughout the season.
If the outcome of the Packers playoff seed is determined prior to their final regular season game, Love could also get a full game to finish the year à la Patrick Mahomes in 2017.
As the regular season begins and Love’s moment in the sun closes for another while, I have to mention just how well he has handled everything in his career to this point.
He’s been seemingly held hostage every since last April as Aaron Rodgers went scorched earth on the entire NFL at the mere thought of being replaced.
Burrow, Tua, Herbert, Hurts, Lawrence, Lance, Fields and Mac Jones all look like they’ll be getting opportunities to start meaningful games before Love, and it’s been no fault of his own.
We don’t know just how pissed off Jordan Love is beneath the surface, but ostensibly he’s been professional and classy this entire time. He deserves so much credit for not stirring the pot anymore than it already has.