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Packers Make Official Decision On Starting Quarterback For First Preseason Game

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Preseason football is about to get into full swing. This Friday night, the Green Bay Packers begin their preseason in a bout against the San Francisco 49ers; an exhibition rematch of last year's Divisional Round playoff game. 

Revenge isn't on the mind of Green Bay, of course. It's simply a preseason game to allow second- and third-string players to impress the coaching staff. One key backup will get his time to shine. 

The Packers have decided backup quarterback Jordan Love will start the game. This will be a crucial test for the youngster. 

"Jordan Love will start against the 49ers in Santa Clara on Friday night, LaFleur says," said Matt Schneidman.

Matt LaFleur adds he's unsure if Aaron Rodgers will play at all during the preseason. He doesn't really need to at this point in his career, plus the coaching staff will get a good look at Jordan Love in action. 

"LaFleur said he’ll make decision whether Rodgers will play this preseason after Packers-Saints next week, so he’ll sit first two. LaFleur previously said he might handle starters differently because of season-opening dud last season. Rodgers didn’t play at all last preseason," said Schneidman. 

Jordan Love, the former Utah State star, played in six games last season and finished with 411 yards passing and two touchdowns with three picks. 

The former first-round pick will be matched up against new 49ers starter Trey Lance this Friday night. Packers-49ers kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET.