The Green Bay Packers had an unlikely hero on Sunday in the receiving game, and it was rookie tight end Luke Musgrave. He caught three passes for 51 yards receiving and one touchdown in a 20-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Musgrave averaged 17.0 yards reception in the game. He was the leading receiver in this game for Green Bay.
His touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard pass from Jordan Love. Love played much better in this football game for the Packers and completed 20-of-26 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown.
Luke Musgrave has caught 27 passes for 249 yards receiving and one touchdown this season. He is averaging 9.2 yards per reception. The touchdown pass he caught in the fourth quarter on Sunday was the first of his NFL career.
He is on pace to get 500 yards receiving as a rookie, and it has never been done in Green Bay Packers history for a rookie tight end. Musgrave was a second-round pick this past spring in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Jordan Love Praises Luke Musgrave After the Game
Love spoke to the media after the game and was happy with Musgrave’s performance. Jordan Love told the media:
“I think we definitely were able to get him in the right position today, get him some opportunities down the field and [use] his speed. He’s able to get past the defense right there, and he did a really good job of just finishing both those plays off. His touchdown, being able to make a guy miss right there and finish in the end zone, that’s exactly what you ask for and exactly what you need. It was big-time.”
The touchdown that Luke Musgrave scored was a screenplay. Head coach Matt LaFleur also spoke to the media about his performance after the game, saying:
“I’m trying to remember how exactly that play got in, who suggested it, but that’s something that we’ve seen around the league. That’s not the first time that play has ever been run. I know, for a fact, San Francisco ran it to (George) Kittle a couple years ago. We hit the call and the guys went out there and executed it. It was definitely a fun moment, for sure.”
Musgrave has a long way to go in order to be on the level of George Kittle. He will need to continue to show out for the Green Bay Packers for the rest of the season, and that includes the week 10 matchup on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.