Packers QB Jordan Love Appreciated Time with Rodgers, Lamar Jackson Absent From OTAs, and Other NFL Bullets
The NFL Schedule release is here! Well, it’s been here, somewhat. But by the end of the night tonight, you’ll have the whole shebang. I won’t spend the day chasing Twitter leaks from potentially uncredible sources. But, we’ve got a Packers schedule leak from a reliable source to explore this morning.
- According to Matt Schneidman — who is the Packers beat writer at The Athletic — the Packers will open the 2023 season in Chicago. That’s right, Jordan Love’s first game as the guy in Green Bay will be against the Bears at Soldier Field. According to Schneidman’s sources, the Bears and Packers will also close the season against each other in a Week 18 date at Lambeau Field.
- Also of note, the Packers will have FIVE primetime games in 2023! Green Bay will play twice on Monday Night Football, twice on Sunday Night Football, once on Thursday Night Football, and on Thanksgiving in Detroit. One thing is for sure: people will be really high or really low on Jordan Love come January. There will be just enough national exposure to make or break him in the eyes of the national folks this season.
- Speaking of Jordan Love, he spoke with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky recently. In his first meeting with the media since the Aaron Rodgers trade, Jordan Love expressed appreciation for his time working and learning behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.
“We talked after the trade,” Love said of Rodgers. “Kind of just, ‘Wish you the best going forward.’ He wished me the best and [is] always there for me if I need anything, if I have any questions or anything. I’m always just grateful to be around him and for the time I had with him, to be able to learn and be behind him. It’s very grateful for me.”
- Love admitted he was confused by the extension that Rodgers signed with the Packers ahead of the 2022 season. However, Love is now the man in Green Bay, and he’ll have plenty of time to prove it under the bright lights this season.
- As far as his predecessor in Green Bay is concerned, we know he will make his Jets debut in primetime. The NFL announced this morning that Rodgers and the Jets will host Josh Allen and the Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 1.
- The NFL also announced that the Chiefs will host the Lions on opening night at Arrowhead Stadium. I’m pretty pumped for that one.
- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel recently had some things to say about the Eagles and the NFC title game last season. First, Samuel said that the 49ers were the better team. He said the Eagles won the NFC Championship because the 49ers “played with 10 players” after Brock Purdy went down on the opening series. Well, the 49ers will have the chance to back it up on December 3:
- According to a report by ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Lamar Jackson, and other Ravens veterans skipped this week’s voluntary OTA’s in Baltimore. Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr., Ronnie Staley, J.K. Dobbins, and Rashod Bateman were absent. This isn’t a huge deal yet, as they’re voluntary workouts. Still, the Ravens will be learning a new offense this season with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
- Monken said he’s looking forward to eventually getting them into camp and up to speed on the new offense. However, he didn’t seem too worried about their absences: “When they get here, they get here, and we’ll get them up to speed.”
- Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry said during an appearance on 1010XL radio that renovations to TIAA Bank Field could force the Jaguars to play their games elsewhere for two seasons!
- Jalen Carter’s legal troubles are behind him for now. However, the deceased’s family is suing UGA and Carter for wrongful death, negligent hiring, and negligence. Willock’s father is seeking $40 million from the school’s athletic association and Carter.
- The Arizona Cardinals could have six picks within the top 75 in the 2024 NFL Draft. I wrote about how Monti Ossenfort turned a disastrous offseason into a silver lining:
- Excellent news!
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