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Ex-Packers WR Sees Scenario Where Aaron Rodgers Gets Benched Before Season Ends

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

This season has been a disaster for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

But could it get so bad that the Packers put their star quarterback on the bench?

One of Rodgers' former teammates believes so — and thinks that point could come "sooner rather than later."

Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings said on "The Carton Show" that he thinks the Packers will reach a point this season when they are forced to sideline Rodgers in order to see what they have in his backup, former first-round draft pick Jordan Love.

"Look at their schedule," Jennings said. "The next three games, you’ve got the Cowboys coming in this week, you’ve got the Titans coming in a few days later, and then you’ve got to go to Philly and play the Eagles. I believe if they lose two out of these three games, which they likely could lose all three, it’s done. You’ve got to see what Jordan Love can do. You’ve got to give him an opportunity.”

It would have seemed unfathomable entering this season that the Packers could bench the two-time reigning NFL MVP. But Jennings has a point.

The Packers lost their fifth game in a row on Sunday to drop to 3-6 on the season. It's not hard to look ahead and see a scenario in which they are 3-9 or 4-8 and effectively eliminated from playoff contention.

At that point, could they hand the offensive reins to Love, who has only started one game since entering the league in 2020? Jennings thinks so.

The discussion about Love stems from a comment made by Packers linebacker DeVondre Campbell earlier this week, when he said Love is better than a lot of starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

Some have pushed back on that assertion, as Love has completed less than 60 percent of his passes and thrown two touchdowns versus three interceptions in his limited professional action. 

But Jennings pointed out that there was similar skepticism about Rodgers, who spent the first three years of his career backing up Brett Favre.

"The sample size isn’t large enough for us to give a true assessment from the outside looking in," Jennings said. "However, for D Campbell there, he sees him every day. You gotta remember, this is a guy, when he is healthy and on the field, the quarterback that he sees every day across the field in practice is Jordan Love. So he’s obviously making plays, he’s obviously doing things that leads them to believe that they can believe in him. I remember there was a guy in Aaron Rodgers that no one knew what he could do. When he got his opportunity to spell Brett in games, it didn’t always look great. But we saw something. But we in the locker room, on the field, we knew what he could do."

The Packers signed Rodgers to a three-year contract extension prior to this season, which would keep him with the team through 2026. So things would have to get pretty dire for the front office to move on from Rodgers, even in the short term.

But few could have imagined this conversation would even be taking place this season, so we can't rule anything out.