The Green Bay Packers are eight days away from training camp on July 28 and one position group that has been circulating around the media is the quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers has been the starting quarterback for the Packers for the past 12 years, but the team made a lot of noise by drafting Jordan Love in this year’s draft as the possible successor in the next couple of years.
The Packers haven’t seen this much quarterback attention since the Favre-Rodgers transition, but for the time being, with Rodgers under center, he gives the Packers a great chance at winning the division and being a Super Bowl contender.
Let’s take a look at the quarterback room heading into training camp.
Entering his 16th season, Aaron Rodgers is coming off a 2019 season where he didn’t have to carry the team but he still played at a productive level with his 4,002 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and four interceptions. The only issue for Rodgers last year was that he saw his second-worst completion percentage as a starter (62.0%) and his third-worst rating (95.4).
The All-Pro quarterback knows the clock is ticking and wants to win now. With Davante Adams, newly signed Devin Funchess, a more experienced Allen Lazard, an incredible running back trio, one of the best offensive line groups, and in his second year in LaFleur’s offense, Rodgers could be set for a big 2020 season.
Trading up to the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers’ successor out of Utah State, Jordan Love. The 21-year old didn’t have the best stats in his final season with the Aggies where he totaled 17 interceptions and completed 61.9% of his throws. Love still made some incredible passes, but his sophomore year was the big attention grabber with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions on 3,567 yards.
The talent is there for Love but will have to learn how to limit those mistakes and let the game come to him, and who’s better to teach those two things than Rodgers. The situation is like the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, where the team already has their quarterback, traded up, and had their rookie sit on the bench, but ESPN Todd McShay takes it a step further and compares Love to Mahomes regarding his college ability, because “he’s so talented but he’s inconsistent”.
Entering his third season with the Packers, Boyle hasn’t seen much playing time. After being signed in 2018 as an undrafted free agent, Boyle didn’t see any action as he was the third-string quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers and DeShone Kizer. Last season Boyle took the field for the first time against the Oakland Raiders and kneeled the ball three times to run the clock out. Then during a week 12 lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Boyle finished 3-of-4 for 15 yards.
There’s no question who the starting quarterback is going to be, but there’s going to be competition to who’s going to be the second-string quarterback. Boyle might have the slight edge as he’s entering year three, but he’s going to have to beat out the highly anticipated Jordan Love. If Boyle beats Love or not, the Packers might keep three quarterbacks on the roster.
Last year the Packers brought in one undrafted free agent quarterback with Arizona State Manny Wilkins, but this year they signed Prairie View A&M Jalen Morton. In the last two years for Morton as a Panther, he threw 33 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while rushing for 16 touchdowns. In Morton’s career, he totaled 64 touchdowns.
The 23-year old has been praised for his size at 6’3, 237 lbs, his arm talent, and his athletic ability. It might be a longshot for Morton to make the 53-man roster, but he has the chance to show off his ability and prove why he belongs in the league. Morton has also totaled four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown as a receiver.