The Green Bay Packers continue to remain in a holding pattern with Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback has lingering friction with the front office, leading to his privately expressed desire to leave the franchise. With Rodgers still away, second-year quarterback Jordan Love just gave Packers fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
Aaron Rodgers remains at odds with the Packers
The Packers‘ offseason turned entirely upside down after Rodgers’ internal frustrations became public.
The star quarterback has sat on an unstable footing since the team elected to select Love in the first round of last year’s draft. Despite that, Rodgers repeatedly aired his desire to remain in Green Bay for the rest of his career.
However, his tone progressively shifted toward wanting to play elsewhere due to bubbling friction with the front office’s decision-making process. The relationship remains fractured, with Rodgers staying away from team workouts and training camp.
As the matter stays unresolved, Love voiced a strong statement that should calm Packers fans.
Jordan Love just calmly gave Packers fans a reason not to panic with Aaron Rodgers gone
Rodgers’ absence has put Jordan Love in a tough situation of navigating through training camp.
The second-year quarterback continues to handle the situation in stride while taking advantage of the increased opportunity to practice with the first team. As the 2021 season inches closer, Love voiced on Wednesday that he will be ready to go as the Week 1 starter if that scenario unfolds.
“A hundred percent,” Love said via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “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. So I’m just going to take it day by day…But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.”
The 22-year-old’s words may not have tremendous conviction, but he’s stayed level-headed through the complex process. Meanwhile, Love is well aware of the invaluable experience he’s gaining in training camp working with the first team, which he wouldn’t usually receive with Rodgers present.
All eyes are on his work in training camp as he’s had his share of ups and downs. It’s an all-new experience for Love as he works through his maturation as a quarterback while garnering stronger chemistry with his teammates.
If the Packers head down the path of starting the Utah State product in Week 1, he’s ready to take on that challenge.
Green Bay ready to roll with or without its star quarterback
The Packers continue to operate toward working out the fractured relationship with Rodgers.
However, the organization is growing increasingly confident in Love’s ability. The franchise certainly wants the three-time league MVP back but is more than ready to see what the 22-year-old can do in the starting role.
As Love previously voiced, the Packers drafted him in the first round to give him a chance to start one day. Granted, it may be sooner than desired, but he will have leeway to grow and prove he can be a viable NFL quarterback.
Love is taking the right approach by managing what he can control. He can only dictate his performance on the football field and nothing more, making the reps in training camp that much more critical.
However, Love knows that Rodgers’ return will place him again in the backup role receiving little to no playing time. The Packers will continue to focus on amending the situation, but if nothing changes by Week 1, Love will get his chance to shine.