Last season at this time I published a piece titled “All Aboard the Romeo Doubs Hype Train,” and while Doubs has continued to impress even up until now, I’m not actually the biggest fan of crowning players during training camp. With that being said; Jordan Love has looked impressive during camp so far and has rarely underwhelmed the fans on the sidelines, who luckily enough tend to secretly record many of the plays that we hear reports of. So, without putting too much stock into training camp reps, let’s dive into some analysis of the most hyped up player on the Green Bay Packers’ practice field.
Jordan Love – Accuracy
In recent years the biggest knocks on Jordan Love have been his accuracy as well as his decision making and timing. We saw the timing and decisions of Love make an improvement when he was forced to come in against Philadelphia last season, but his accuracy finally looks to be improved as well.
Some may remember clips from prior years circulating of Love struggling to hit practice nets, but now he seems to be doing that and more.
This deep ball to Christian Watson gives most Packer fans all the hope they need to imagine a world where Jordan Love can connect on the same long balls to the young receiver that Aaron Rodgers started hitting towards the back half of 2022.
Possibly even more impressive than the throw to Watson was actually a throw that ended up incomplete. Love rolled out to his left, something he’s looked very comfortable doing during this year’s camp, and threw a ball right to the outstretched hands of rookie wideout Jayden Reed, who couldn’t quite corral it. The placement and timing of this ball almost could not be better, especially considering the difficulty of the throw while Love was off-platform.
Ultimately it’s been nice to see Jordan Love looking more confident and stringing together good plays. He hasn’t had exclusively great days, but to see him hit a perfect deep shot to Samori Toure down the left sideline in the middle of his best day of camp is certainly encouraging.
There will still be plenty of opportunities for Love to string together multiple days in a row of consistently high level quarterback play in practice. With that being said, and for as early on as we are, it’s impressive to see just how sharp and improved number 10 looks just ahead of taking the reins as the Packers’ new QB1.
The takeaway should be this; don’t take training camp too seriously. There’s been some good days and honestly Love has had a bad day or two as well. Ultimately, it’s all practice. Sometimes the offense is trying new things out, sometimes the quarterback may have a specific practice focus or intention on certain days which can drastically change outcomes in either direction. The “hype train” talks are all in good fun, but it’s going to take a lot longer than a month of training camp to know what’s in store for the next starting QB for the Green Bay Packers. Despite what Mark Murphy says, it is probably going to take longer than week 9 of the 2023 season as well.
I’m sure I’ll be back next year to commend some training camp darling for the Packers, and hopefully by then my take on Jordan Love will have aged at least as gracefully as my take on Romeo Doubs from last season did. Until then, we’ll just have to keep watching along as the start of a new era in Green Bay slowly unfolds.——————
Zack is a college student and cheesehead from California. When he’s not in class or writing, you can find him talking about the Packers on Twitter at @Zack_Upchurch.