Jordan Love has some massive shoes to fill. Replacing a legend is never easy, as he will be under immense pressure. Expectations are built in when you are selected in the first round, as he was out of Utah State. They are even higher when you are attempting to replace a legend.
There isn’t a quarterback in the NFC that is under more pressure than Jordan Love heading into the 2023 season. On top of all the expectations, he received an extension before even officially taking over as the starter. The Utah State undoubtedly product has a lot to prove this season.
How will he respond? Based on the projections done by Alex Kay of Bleacher Report, Jordan Love will hand himself rather well. Kay shared projections for every starting quarterback in the NFL for the 2023 season and if Jordan Love can produce these numbers, the Packers will be very pleased.
“Projection: 64 percent completion rate, 3,791 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns; 12 interceptions, 47 carries, 174 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns.”
Jordan Love doesn’t have much regular season experience, making one start in three seasons and 10 overall appearances. But, the coaching staff has liked the progress he has made and is ready to commit to him fully.
Alas, it isn’t only Jordan Love who is lacking experience on this offense. There is a chance that wide receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, entering Year 2 of their careers, are the most experienced pass catchers in the starting lineup.
Jayden Reed, a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, has the inside track to No. 3 receiver duties. Fellow second-round pick, Luke Musgrave, could be the starting right end. In the third round, another tight end, Tucker Kraft, was selected. He could factor into the lineup as well early on.
Jordan Love did show some flashes in relief appearances last season, even drawing praise from Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Having a full offseason to acclimate himself as the starter, on top of all the practice time he has already accumulated, should have Jordan Love ready to go in Week 1.