Jordan Love sends serious message to Packers amid Aaron Rodgers drama
Jordan Love wants the Green Bay Packers to know this amid the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers: He’s ready to start.
The 22-year-old quarterback has been turning heads in the Packers’ mandatory minicamp as Rodgers remains absent from the team. While he is far from perfect, his improvement has been quite noticeable, which has given Green Bay some optimism in the QB position despite the questions that have engulfed it this offseason.
Love is also not shying away from the challenge, emphasizing that he is a “hundred percent” ready to take over the starting QB role if the Rodgers holdout isn’t resolved when the 2021 season starts in September.
“Obviously, this is a time where I’m getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance,” Love said, per The Athletic. “But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.”
Jordan Love acknowledged that he might not have a lot of reps as a starter for the Packers, especially since he didn’t even suit up in his rookie season with the Packers. However, he believes that getting to learn from Aaron Rodgers has given him the necessary knowledge and mentality to be prepared whenever his number is called.
“Obviously I wasn’t able to get a lot of reps, but my mental game and the knowledge I was able to get last year I think is going to help me a lot,” the young Packers QB added. “Not a lot of people get to say they were able to sit behind the MVP of the league. Being behind (Rodgers), I was able to learn a lot, see a lot of different things and just see where his game’s at.
“He has a lot of knowledge, and just being able to be behind him and trying to soak up as much as I could, definitely very valuable.”
For what it’s worth, with the way things are going with Rodgers and his continued refusal to join the team, Love might indeed be forced to start in Week 1 and in the next games after. Fortunately for the Packers, they have a player who is ready to embrace that challenge.