Jordan Love turning heads with Aaron Rodgers still absent from Packers camp
The Green Bay Packers are still in “will he or won’t he” mode when it comes to Aaron Rodgers reporting to camp. Jordan Love could care less. He’s balling out.
Love had a bit of a rough showing at camp on Tuesday, but he has apparently done a full turn on Wednesday.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN gave the rundown of some notable Love throws. He hit both running backs and receivers downfield and along the sidelines. The final throw to running back Aaron Jones prompted Packers tight end coach Justin Outten to start fanning him.
Jordan Love with his fourth dime of practice. An absolutely perfect throw in tight coverage to Aaron Jones down the right sideline. Impressive catch by Jones and Love is now getting fanned off by coaches because he’s on fire.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) June 9, 2021
QB Jordan Love was so hot during that #Packers third down 11-on-11 period that after he made a perfect 30-yard downfield throw to Aaron Jones, TEs coach Justin Outten was fanning him with a notepad after Jones’ catch. For as erratic as he was yesterday, he was exceptional there.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) June 9, 2021
It is obviously too early to glean too much from just one day of practice. As previously noted, Love had a pretty underwhelming showing on Tuesday. Still, it’s very clear Packers teammates and coaches are taking note of his abilities and improvement.
Love is sort of the unfortunate middle man in the Rodgers holdout. Although Rodgers told former SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne he has nothing but love for Jordan (no pun intended), it’s hard to ignore his dissatisfaction with the Packers franchise seemed to become more noticeable after Green Bay used its first-round pick on Love in 2020.
There is also the fact Love is caught between a rock and a hard place. He is really still a backup, at least until there is more clarity with respect to the Rodgers situation. Then again, there might never be clarity on that front, which might force Love into starting duty.
Time will tell who eventually lines up under center for the Packers in Week 1. For now, Love is progressing as if the job is his.