Brian Gutekunst: I thought Jordan Love had a fantastic training camp

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One of the Packers priorities in the 2021 preseason was to get quarterback Jordan Love as many reps as possible. A shoulder injury kept Love out for about a week, but he came back and played in the team’s preseason finale against Buffalo.

Overall, Love finished the preseason 24-of-35 passing for 271 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

On Wednesday, Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst praised Love for a strong August.

“I thought he had a fantastic camp, I really did,” Gutekunst said in his press conference. “Obviously, he had a little bit of a pause in there where he missed some time, which would’ve been nice for him to have. But I thought he did an excellent job. Really saw the growth that we needed to see. I was excited for him. Obviously, nothing’s perfect and there’s definitely some things in there that I think he’ll take from this preseason with him as he goes. But I thought it was fantastic.

“I thought for his first live action since Utah State, I thought he was very calm, poised. I thought he was able to get in and out of the plays that Matt wanted him to get in and out of. And I didn’t think the rush bothered him. I thought he kept his eyes downfield. I thought he made some really good throws and, again, obviously there are some moments that he’ll look back on and grow from. But at the same time, he moved the team. We would’ve like to have finished better in that last game. But I thought it was really, really positive.”

Barring an injury to Aaron Rodgers or some sort of mop-up duty, Love is now on the shelf for the regular season. But for someone who hadn’t suited up for a game for nearly two years, Love made a good impression on the Packers’ brass when it comes to his progress.

17 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: I thought Jordan Love had a fantastic training camp

  1. To be honest, he reminds me a lot of Jameis Winston. Moves the same way and has talent but takes some big risks with the football under pressure.

  2. Wasted pick of a talented player. He will be a FA before Rodgers hangs it up and will have wasted the first part of his career.

  3. Pumping up his pick to keep his job – fans even believe it.

    Nothing against the kid. Not really his fault that the front office is the most dysfunctional in the league.

  4. He (Love) must have looked really good in those closed to the public & media practices, because I watched his 4 quarters of play and there was nothing fantastic about it.

  5. On Opening Day if the Packers have only kept two quarterbacks on the roster and Love is the designated backup, then I believe everything Gutekunst is contending. There’s too much at stake not to. Aside from normal setbacks found in every front office, the Packer front office has been as good in judging talent as anybody. They had the No.1 offense last year. You don’t accomplish that without Rodgers, certainly, but everybody else has to be on the same page with him. That’s the kind of talent assessment I’m talking about. If Rodgers gets hurt, I’m ready to hand the whole show over to Love. It’s a very good all-around team on both sides of the ball, and Love would benefit from the two-time NFCCG experience surrounding him. I would take that scenario over Cousins or Mond and the Vikings anytime. If Rodgers stays healthy, all the better. Win-win.

  6. With that Gutekunst has proven he will flat out lie right to your face. Love was a bad pick and a waste of a pick. As well as not being very good.

  7. Of course Gutey would say that. But it was quite obvious that he was NOT head and shoulders above Benkert. I dont know why Gutey had to think that his little bit of move up indicated that Love was this tremendous talent. When AR fell to TT – it was because he was predicted to go Number 1 overall – when San Fran took Smith – the next 14 teams didnt need/want a QB with their first round selection – so TT got a steal. Now the only thing that Gutey got was a PO’d AR, the lack of help for the team immediately with a quality first round pick ( defensive play/receiver ( although we didnt need one really) olineman etc). So now he is trying to make Love into something that he is probably not going to be. The only thing I learned from Love’s preseason is that he does not have in game accuracy – even his touted completions – ie the pass for 25 yards to Stearnberger and last games pass to Kaufusi were behind although catchable. Those passes need to be where the receiver catches them looking upfield. So he has a lot to prove still. AR had an extra year but even back then his accuracy was touted by the preseason pundits.

  8. If Gutenkunst says the guy sucks and was a waste of a pick, doesn’t that kill the trade value a bit? (If that ends up being the decision). Brett Favre was a second round pick and GB traded a first for him. Love was a late first after a GB trade up. I have no problem taking a chance on a QB early if you think he can be a franchise guy. ARod sat for 3 years. Maybe love will start next year or the year after. Bottom line, the man hasn’t even taken a regular season snap. Armchair QB’s lol

  9. Gutey reached for Love. DUH. Then instead of telling the fanbase that he did it because backup QB is far more important a position than even many of the starters he allows everyone to call this kid the future. The pick was made because we Packer fans all love Teddy and Ron Wolf before him. Both of whom built their Championships around a QB. If Gutey is still here WHEN Love tanks he will absolutely reach again. In the meantime even if GB is willing to admit their mistake and move on they will never say anything but how amazing he is. Trade value is a real thing after all.

  10. All the doomsayers! Let the kid get at least a few real games under his belt before cutting his head off. Rodgers had that privilege. If you’re so good at foretelling the future, please tell us when the Vikings will next be in a SuperBowl. I’m curious to know. I suspect Love will be in one before Cousins.

  11. I like 13-3 teams that can afford to take a first round flyer on a generational QB prospect.

  12. No one really knows how this kid will end up including Gutey, LaFleur, and Love.

    He showed progress. Will it be enough to become a decent starting QB? No one knows.

  13. Gute is overstating Love’s competence.

    This kid should be further along than he is. Sad but true.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    September 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm
    All the doomsayers! Let the kid get at least a few real games under his belt before cutting his head off. Rodgers had that privilege. If you’re so good at foretelling the future, please tell us when the Vikings will next be in a SuperBowl. I’m curious to know. I suspect Love will be in one before Cousins.
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    C’mon Steller Cousins is almost at end of his career and Love is just starting his. The play of your sqaud in the last two NFFCG was less than Steller. I suspect the packer won’t even make it the the NFCCG this year. Farewall tour gonna implode, Rodgers just playin gthis year out to get out of Green Bay, we know it, media knows it and the rest of the NFL knows it.

    Bye Bye love, Bye Bye happiness , Hello loneliness I think I’m gonna cry (eye)

  15. philmccracken says:
    September 2, 2021 at 8:38 pm
    I like 13-3 teams that can afford to take a first round flyer on a generational QB prospect.
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    I like 13-3 teams that can win NFCCG and go to a Super Bowl, rather than say the opposing QB got lucky.

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