The Green Bay Packers lost their preseason opener to the San Francisco 49ers last week 28-21. While the final score isn’t overly important, the performance of Jordan Love is something that people were keeping an eye on.
The first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft normally receives extensive playing time in the preseason because Aaron Rodgers rarely gets on the field. This is the time for Love to shine to showcase the development that he is making.
Overall, the final stat line for the Utah State product was a little shaky. The good was that he completed 13-of-24 pass attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 24 yards on four attempts.
The bad for Love was that he threw three interceptions. While that looks bad on paper, watching the tape is necessary to truly gauge his performance. If you ask Rodgers, Love handled himself well and did some really good things.
Rodgers has spoken about the concerns he has about the receivers. The turnovers that Love had against the 49ers showed that the concerns he voiced are legitimate.
“I felt really bad for Jordan the other night because we had a couple of total mental busts for picks,” Rodgers said on Tuesday. “We had a drop for a pick. We had two guys running who knows what on the third one. Now, he shouldn’t have thrown the ball there probably, but some of that’s veteran stuff making veteran mistakes.”
It also needs to be taken into account that Love was throwing to a majority of receivers that will be lucky to make an NFL roster. When watching tape, you can focus on things that don’t appear on the stat sheet. That is what fans should be doing with the young Packers’ quarterback.
Footwork and mechanics would be at the top of that list and Rodgers spoke highly of the work Love has done in those areas.
“The most important thing for any-age quarterback is the feet — throwing the ball on time and in rhythm. And I think he’s done a nice job of really focusing on the little things of this training camp and throwing the ball more often on time. It’s just about consistency and I thought there were some really nice balls. A couple decisions he’d probably want to have back, but those are kind of normal. But I’d like to see him keep trusting his feet and his athleticism.
“I’d love to see him [when] the pocket breaks down, nobody’s quite open on time, extend a play and take off and run and slide. But overall, I thought he did some really good things. … It might look bad in the stat sheet with three picks, but the film tells a different story.”
Love has certainly made strides during his time with the Packers. Working with Rodgers in practice is certainly a huge benefit as Love finds his way in the NFL. If his number is called again this season, as it was in 2021, he is in a much better position to succeed.