Second-year quarterback Jordan Love said Wednesday he was “one hundred percent” ready to be the Green Bay Packers starter if Aaron Rodgers was not available at the start of the season in September.
“Obviously this is a time when I get a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have had under normal circumstances,” said Love, who worked as a starter at the mandatory minicamp in the absence. by Rodgers. “… But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready in Week 1.”
The Packers traded to select Love 26th in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old has yet to take a snapshot of the NFL in a live game, after the 2020 preseason was canceled due to pandemic and he was inactive as a third chain quarterback throughout the regular season.
“Obviously I couldn’t get a lot of reps, but I think my mental game and the knowledge I was able to gain last year is going to help me a lot,” he said. “… Not many can say they got to sit behind the league MVP. Being behind (Rodgers) I got to learn a lot, see a lot of different things and just see where his game is at. .
“He’s got a lot of knowledge, and being able to be behind him and try to imbibe as much as I can, that’s really very precious.”
Head coach Matt LaFleur said on Tuesday that Love “needs all the reps he can get right now.”
“He’s a young quarterback who didn’t get a preseason last year,” added LaFleur. “So we’ll give him as much as he can handle.… I just think every rep he takes is so valuable and he can learn something both good and bad.”
The coach said on Wednesday that Love has progressed and improved his confidence with better training after a top-down performance on Tuesday.
Rodgers, 37, was the subject of trade rumors just before the NFL Draft last month. A source said Athleticism last week, chief executive Brian Gutekunst firmly maintained that he “will not trade” Rodgers.
The veteran QB is the only player absent from the mandatory minicamp who is not in the COVID-19 protocol. LaFleur declined to say on Tuesday whether Rodgers was excused or if he would be fined (up to $ 93,085 under the CBA). Rodgers had previously ignored the activities of the organized volunteer Packers team, forgoing a $ 500,000 practice bonus.