Packers Sign Former Princeton QB John Lovett

The Packers have signed NFL full back John Lovett who was released by the Chiefs earlier this year.  He will wear number 45 for the Packers.

John Lovett’s College Career

Lovett was a quarterback during his college days at Princeton.  As a hybrid quarterback, he also saw playing time as a running back, wide receiver, and, occasionally, punter.  Lovett was twice name as a first-team All-American.  He was the first Princeton player to receive that honor twice since 1992-1993 (Keith Ellis).

Lovett did not play much as a freshman, but had outstanding sophomore and senior season.  In 2016, as a quarterback, he set Princeton’s school record with 20 rushing touchdowns.   That season, the Princeton Tigers enjoyed their first undefeated season since 1962. In 2018, Lovett rushed for 894 yards on 141 carries (6.3 yards per carry).

As a passer, Lovett had career numbers of 2,509 yards and 31 touchdowns against just five interceptions.  In addition, he completed 66.5% of his passes.  As a receiver, Lovett had 51 receptions for 553 yards and two touchdowns in his three years on the field.

The former Princeton star missed the entire 2017 season because of an injury that he suffered in 2016.  He played through the injury almost all season, but the surgery he had in the offseason did not fix the problem as quickly as the team had hoped.

John Lovett in the NFL

Kansas City Chiefs tight end John Lovett catches the ball during NFL football training camp Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

John Lovett was not drafted into the NFL.  Instead, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Chiefs had planned to use him as a tight end and he turned a lot of heads within the organization during his first training camp.  Unfortunately, Lovett injured his shoulder in their first preseason game and spent the entire 2019 season on injured reserve.

It is unclear what Lovett’s role will be with the Packers.  However, before his injury, Lovett was projected to be a part of the Chief’s special team’s unit.  It is possible that he may get the same opportunity with the Packers.  The Packers rarely utilize a full back anymore, and have Jace Sternberger, Mercedes Lewis, Josiah Degura, and James Looney on the depth chart at tight end.

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