The Green Bay Packers are now 6-6 following their 27-19 upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. For the second consecutive game, quarterback Jordan Love threw three touchdown passes without also throwing an interception. It was his fourth such game of the season.
Love’s touchdown passes were thrown to rookie tight end Ben Sims and Christian Watson (who caught two). As it turns out, Love’s first touchdown pass, a short one-yard toss to Sims, was an historical one.
Green Bay Packers Jordan Love and Ben Sims Make NFL History
Sims was the third rookie tight end the Packers added to their roster during the offseason. Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, of course, were each drafted in the 2023 NFL Draft. Going into the season, the Packers planned on having Musgrave, Kraft, Tyler Davis, and Josiah Deguara as their four tight ends.
Davis, though, suffered a torn ACL in the preseason and is out for the year. After he was hurt, the Packers plucked Sims off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Sims had previously signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent.
Deguara has been battling injuries and poor play all year. In fact, he was a healthy scratch for this win over the Chiefs.
As a result of the injuries to Musgrave and Deguara (and the latter’s poor play), Sims has been getting more snaps. In the first quarter against the Chiefs, he also scored his first touchdown.
This score was an historic one. The Packers are the first team in the Super Bowl era to have three rookie tight ends with at least one touchdown catch in a season:
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) December 4, 2023
Ironically, each of the Packers’ three rookie tight ends has exactly one touchdown catch.
Musgrave caught his in Green Bay’s 20-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Kraft caught his on Thanksgiving against the Kansas City Chiefs.