Jordan Love to start preseason opener for Packers
Jordan Love is the starter for the Packers in their preseason opener on Friday with Green Bay undecided about putting Aaron Rodgers on the field before September.
Love gets all of the work with the first-team offense against the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Matt LaFleur said, giving the 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft a chance to show his strong training camp is not a fluke.
LaFleur said Love has shown "a lot of growth" this summer.
"Jordan, it's been pretty impressive what he's been able to put together the last few practices," LaFleur said.
Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension in the offseason after weighing retirement and a trade demand, which kept Love in the backup role for at least another season.
Love, 23, has appeared in six NFL games for the Packers, including a dreadful showing at Kansas City in 2021. He has two touchdown passes, three interceptions and 411 passing yards for his career.
He's in his third season and under contract for 2023, with a team option for 2024.
Rodgers has not played in a preseason game since 2018. LaFleur said conversations about getting Rodgers reps would come "after New Orleans," meaning the Packers are likely rolling with Love for the first two preseason games.