Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to pass the ball during Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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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.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) participate in training camp Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers’ post spurs Packers QB prop markets

Aaron Rodgers’ “Monday Night Gratitude” Instagram post ignited a firestorm of speculation about the future of the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

It also spurred multiple sportsbooks to set odds on who will be under center for the Packers in Week 1 of the 2022 season — if it’s not Rodgers — and where the four-time NFL MVP might be if it’s not with Green Bay or enjoying retirement.

Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he had not made a decision about his future.

Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love was among the numerous people Rodgers expressed gratitude for in his Monday night post. The 23-year-old has been waiting in the wings since his controversial selection in the first round two years ago.

The former Utah State quarterback saw his first regular-season action in 2021, completing 36 of 62 passes (58.1 percent) for 411 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s the clear favorite to take over the starting job if Rodgers moves on, with MaximBet offering him at 2-1.

The next shortest odds belong to San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (5-1), who is widely expected to be traded this offseason with the 49ers spending the third overall pick on Trey Lance last year. He’s followed by Russell Wilson at 6-1, despite Seattle’s quarterback saying earlier this month that his “hope and goal” is to remain with the Seahawks.

BetMGM is offering -350 odds that Wilson takes the first snap for Seattle in Week 1 compared to +240 odds that it will be any other quarterback for the Seahawks.

Any rookie quarterback taking over for Rodgers and starting in Week 1 has 8-1 odds at MaximBet, followed by Las Vegas backup Marcus Mariota (9-1) and Minnesota starter Kirk Cousins (10-1).

The sportsbook is offering odds on 14 possibilities, all the way down to the Packers luring Tom Brady out of retirement at 25-1.

Packers Week 1 QB Odds:
Jordan Love (2-1)
Jimmy Garoppolo (5-1)
Russell Wilson (6-1)
Rookie Quarterback (8-1)
Ryan Tannehill (8-1)
Marcus Mariota (9-1)
Kirk Cousins (10-1)
Carson Wentz (10-1)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (10-1)
Jameis Winston (12-1)
Gardner Minshew (16-1)
Cam Newton (20-1)
Derek Carr (20-1)
Tom Brady (25-1)

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oddsmakers show no Love for Aaron Rodgers’ backup

From the tightest line of Week 9 to a touchdown boost for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers’ loss of Aaron Rodgers had a massive impact on the line from oddsmakers Wednesday.

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the game

FanDuel moved the line from Kansas City -0.5 points to Chiefs -7.5 points almost immediately after news broke that Rodgers was out for the game

BetMGM and DraftKings pulled the game off the board as of 11:15 a.m. ET.

Rodgers, who reportedly is unvaccinated and would be uncertain for next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, will be replaced by former first-round pick Jordan Love.

The Chiefs (4-4) needed a late score to knock off the New York Giants on Monday night.

But the Packers (7-1) won last week at Arizona without wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. It’s possible other players and staff could be impacted given the number of positive tests in Green Bay the past 10 days.

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry also missed the game at Arizona after testing positive.

The Packers are 7-1 against the spread this season. The Chiefs are 2-6.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with quarterback Jordan Love (10) during the first day of training camp Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers QB Jordan Love returns to practice

Quarterback Jordan Love rejoined the Green Bay Packers on the practice field Monday for his first workout in a week.

Love injured his right shoulder and was not participating in team practice sessions since leaving the preseason game with the Houston Texans on Aug. 14. He did not play in the Saturday exhibition against the New York Jets, and was only an observer for the joint workouts at Lambeau Field last week.

An MRI exam on Love’s throwing shoulder was negative, but the Packers went the safe route with the 2020 first-round pick and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers will use the first few days of the week to determine whether Love sees the field against the Buffalo Bills in the final preseason game of the season on Saturday.

No. 3 quarterback Kurt Benkert led a pair of first-half touchdown drives against the Jets and worked overtime by preseason standards with Love out of the mix.

Benkert also tripped dropping back from center twice on the same drive.

The Packers could keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, LaFleur said, but pointed to countless variables that will factor into that final decision.

“He’s definitely going to make it tough on us to decide which way we want to go,” LaFleur said of Benkert.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur engages with Jordan Love (10) as he participates in minicamp practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers QB Jordan Love proclaims he’ll be ready to start opener

Jordan Love is under the microscope with reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers withholding his services from the Green Bay Packers.

It remains unclear if Rodgers will relent and rejoin the team he has played with for the past 16 seasons.

But if Rodgers stays away, Love says he will be ready to start the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12.

“A hundred percent,” Love told reporters on Wednesday. “Obviously, this is a time where I’m getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I’m just going to take it day by day. … But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.”

Love was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft by Green Bay, a move that didn’t sit well with Rodgers.

Rodgers wanted offensive help that could contribute right away and definitely wasn’t expecting the team to select his potential replacement.

Rodgers seemed motivated by the situation and had a stellar season that included a career-best 48 touchdown passes along with 4,299 yards and just five interceptions, helping the Packers reach the NFC title game and earning his third league MVP award.

But he made it clear in his postgame press conference following that title game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that there were issues and the situation had only worsened despite upper management making attempts to patch things up.

That puts Love in a situation in which his every throw at the three-day minicamp is being scrutinized.

Media accounts say Love performed significantly better Wednesday than he did one day earlier, when he struggled with his accuracy.

“It was a good day for me and everybody else as well, just bouncing back from yesterday’s practice on offense, you know, it wasn’t our best practice all-around,” Love said. “Bouncing back meant a lot for everybody.”

Days like Wednesday are important for Love, who has never played in a game for the Packers since the 2020 preseason was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I definitely think good days build confidence, and just stacking good days on top of each other,” Love said.

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur is looking for Love to find an even keel between the good days and bad days.

“Listen, you can never get too high and never too low in this game,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after practice. “One of the biggest emphases for Jordan is just to treat each play as its own entity. We’re always grading the decision-making, the timing, the accuracy, and we want to see the consistency just continue to get better and better.”

Love showed promise in 2018 at Utah State when he passed for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

But he took a major step backwards the following season by passing for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and an FBS-worst 17 interceptions.

–Field Level Media