News: 2 days agoLove is slated to serve as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Sunday's game against the Bears after the latter was cleared to start the Week 13 contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Spin: Rodgers, who has been playing through a broken right thumb since Week 6, picked up another injury in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles, when he suffered a rib contusion. Though Love finished out the contest in place of the banged-up Rodgers, the third-year quarterback won't get the starting assignment Week 13 after Rodgers was able to practice in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday to ditch his injury designation heading into the weekend. The 4-8 Packers haven't ruled out the possibility of shutting Rodgers down once they're officially eliminated from playoff contention, so Love could have the chance to make some starts before season's end.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Love is entering his third season as Aaron Rodgers' backup after the Packers traded up to select him with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 draft. Love is obviously a major unknown and we haven't seen him play at a high level since 2018. He struggled in his final season at Utah State in 2019, tossing 20 TDs to 17 INTs and his off-target rate (15.5%) and QBR (51.7) were both worst in the 2020 rookie class. Love has a good arm, but his struggles with accuracy, turnovers and decision-making are concerns. There's long-term upside, but Love is no more than Rodgers insurance in the meantime.