What do the Packers have with Jordan Love as their starting quarterback?

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The news broke on Wednesday morning that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID, and will miss at least Green Bay’s game this Sunday against the Chiefs. Per Ian Rapoport and Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network, Rodgers must enter the league’s protocol for unvaccinated players, which brings up an interesting point as to what Rodgers said in August when asked if he’d been vaccinated.

Since not only Rodgers but also backup quarterback Kurt Benkert have tested positive, both players are out for the Chiefs game. Which puts this pivotal game in the hands of Jordan Love, the second-year man from Utah State who the Packers moved up to take with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft. That move caused a schism between Rodgers and the Packers that had Rodgers wanting to move on sooner than later.

Love got no snaps in his rookie season, because there was no preseason due to COVID, and he didn’t make it onto the field once the regular season started.

In the 2021 preseason, Love completed 24 of 35 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a passer rating of 89.1. He’s had 18 regular-season snaps in 2021 — 15 in the Packers’ Week 1 blowout loss to the Saints, and three in the Packers’ blowout win over the Lions in Week 2. In those 18 snaps, he’s completed five of seven passes for 68 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 102.1.

Based on his preseason work, there’s enough to estimate what Love has to offer at this point in his career, and how the Packers can help him succeed as long as he’s the starter. We’ll look at his footwork, his mind and decision-making, how a quarterback can tie things all together from his mind to his eyes to his feet and his arm, throwing in-rhythm, and one big lesson he might still need to learn: