Jordan Love’s mindset under the glare of Aaron Rodgers absence

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love says he isn’t letting the uncertainty surrounding teammate Aaron Rodgers change his personal offseason strategy.

But the scenario actually does seem like impacting the second-year professional’s workload.

As a rookie, Love didn’t play a single down and by no means participated in any preseason video games as a consequence of the pandemic. With Rodgers sitting out Green Bay’s mandatory minicamp, the Packers now should put together for the chance Love might open the season as their beginning quarterback.

“My mindset this whole offseason’s been to get ready, get myself ready, and that’s been my mindset since I got here,” Love mentioned Wednesday. “Whether Aaron was here or not here, that’s going to be my mindset regardless, because I have to get myself ready to play and be able to go out there and take charge of the team and be able to perform at a high level and do my best so everybody else can do their jobs as well.”

Love has been thought-about Rodgers’ eventual successor ever since the Packers traded up 4 spots in final 12 months’s draft to take the former Utah State quarterback with the twenty sixth total decide.

When ESPN reported simply earlier than this 12 months’s draft that Rodgers doesn’t need to return to the Packers, it turned obvious Love would possibly have to take over as quickly as this season.

“I’ve just been living my life, man, trying to do what I can do to get better in this offseason and obviously not knowing what’s going to happen next,” Love mentioned.

Jordan Love takes snaps at Packers minicamp.
Jordan Love takes snaps at Packers minicamp.
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Love has acquired a lot of the work with the first-team offense in the first couple of days of minicamp. Packers coach Matt LaFleur famous Tuesday that Love “needs every rep he can get right now” as a consequence of his inexperience.

The Packers signed former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert over the final month to affix Love. Tim Boyle, who backed up Rodgers final season, signed with the Detroit Lions.

Love has proven the ups and downs anticipated of a participant this early in his profession. He struggled Tuesday however carried out significantly better Wednesday.

“You’ve got to treat every day as its own entity and you can’t rest on what you did the day before whether it’s good or bad,” LaFleur mentioned Wednesday. “And that’s what we’re looking for from him, and I think he’s done a nice job responding on a daily basis.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur speaks with Jordan Love.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur speaks with Jordan Love.
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Maintaining focus is a troublesome activity for any younger quarterback, however Love faces much more of a problem as a result of of the circumstances surrounding his arrival in Green Bay.

General supervisor Brian Gutekunst didn’t notify Rodgers beforehand that the Packers have been going to pick a quarterback in the first spherical. Rodgers mentioned later the Packers’ resolution caught him abruptly.

Both quarterbacks say there’s no issue between them.

“With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan,” Rodgers mentioned final month in an ESPN interview. “I love Jordan. He’s a great kid, a lot of fun to work together.”

Love mentioned Wednesday that he and Rodgers have “got a good relationship.” Love mentioned he spoke with Rodgers a couple of week earlier than heading to Green Bay to start offseason work, although he didn’t focus on the particulars of that dialog.

While it’s robust to measure Love’s progress as a result of of his lack of expertise, the Packers say they’ve observed a distinction. Quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy mentioned Love is “light years ahead” of the place he was a 12 months in the past.

All-Pro receiver Davante Adams mentioned this week he’s praying that Rodgers comes again whereas additionally providing encouragement for Love. Adams desires to ensure every of Green Bay’s quarterbacks is able to go if one of them finally ends up having to take over.

Jordan Love works out during minicamp.
Jordan Love works out throughout minicamp.
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“I think he’s doing a good job right now,” Adams mentioned of Love. “He’s locked in, and I can see, he may be a little bit nervous, but that’s what comes with it, it’s a lot of responsibility, a lot of things on his plate. He’s just got to have his mind right, ready to go. I’m definitely letting those guys know, look, whatever happens, you know you’ll have our support. It’s not your fault you get thrust into a situation if that’s what happens.”

Love is making an attempt to organize for any scenario. That means he doesn’t have any time to fret about what anybody else is saying about Green Bay’s quarterback points.

“I just don’t listen to any of the outside noise,” Love mentioned. “I just try and stay true to myself and understand that I can’t control anything that’s going on outside of the building. I can just focus on how I can get better each day and, like I said, control what I can control. That’s all I’m trying to do.”

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