With Aaron Rodgers absent from mandatory minicamp, Jordan Love gets important first-team reps

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With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers boycotting the team’s mandatory minicamp, the biggest beneficiary will be the player whose arrival set the current dysfunction between Rodgers and the front office in motion.

Quarterback Jordan Love, the player for whom the Packers traded up in the first round of the 2020 draft to select, becomes the first-string quarterback with Rodgers absent. Given that the receivers who didn’t attend voluntary OTAs will be present for the mandatory camp, Love will get a chance to work with them in preparation for the possibility that he’ll be the starter in 2021, or maybe in 2022.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com notes that Love has “favored check-down passes during the practices that have been open to reporters.” Perhaps Love will open things up a bit with the better receivers present.

It also will be interesting to see what the receivers have to say about Love during the minicamp. Rodgers, whose absence will force teammates and coaches to answer plenty of questions about him, surely will be listening to hear what receivers and others have to say about Love. As Simms suggested on PFT Live, players will likely praise Love for his strides since last year while steering clear of any attempt to compare Love to Rodgers. If they praise Love too much, the ultra-sensitive Rodgers will not be happy.

For now, there’s surely little comparison between the two players. At some point, however, the Packers need to see what Love can do. They thought highly enough of love to move from No. 30 to No. 26 to get Love in April 2020, after Green Bay’s top two targets — receiver Justin Jefferson and receiver Brandon Aiyuk — were plucked by other teams.

That’s why I still believe that folks like CEO Mark Murphy and G.M. Brian Gutekunst would prefer (even if they won’t admit it) a full-season holdout by Rodgers. They’d realize more than $30 million in cash and cap savings, they’d get a chance to develop Love, they wouldn’t have to worry about Rodgers thriving elsewhere this year, and they’ll still trade him in March for a bunch of draft picks and/or players.

28 responses to “With Aaron Rodgers absent from mandatory minicamp, Jordan Love gets important first-team reps

  1. Only speaking for myself, but I hope for a full season hold out and then trade #12 before the draft and get a ton of picks. Good luck to Love. #12 couldn’t get us over the hump, time for some new blood.

  2. When you think about it, it makes no sense for Rodgers to attend minicamp. He needs to allow the Packers to see what they have in Love. If Love looks great, the Packers will be more willing to trade Rodgers. If Love looks terrible, the Packers will be more willing to commit to Rodgers with a new contract. Either way, Rodgers gets what he wants.

  3. At least Love gets reps he’s probably going to need and the other fans in the NFC North can have a little schadenfreude at the Packers expense…

  4. The march of time. Rodgers went through a learning curve when he took over from Brett. No reason not to expect the same here. But watching new talent get their chance is what makes the NFL endlessly interesting. If Love is the starter day1 of the season, I do not expect Bortles (or anyone) to step in if progress is slow. Love is blessed with a strong supporting cast. Progress may be slow but slow is OK so long as it is steady.

  5. Didn’t Troy Aikman win only two games in his first season as Cowboys’ starter? Packers fans take the long term view.

  6. I’m in camp Love! Does Love dirt ball 3rd down pass or does he give wr a chance or the obvious decision RUN into the endzone.
    Rodgers blew that game…yet again!

  7. After 3 years of training wheels in the NFL Rodgers was a 73.3 rated passer on 59 attempts. Then Rodgers went 6-10 with an NFCCG team from the year before. How about we give this guy some time as well?

  8. If they praise Love too much, the ultra-sensitive Rodgers will not be happy.

    Geez, you are a moron –

  9. “And Blake Bortles will be starting by week 4! Let that sink in!”Bortles is no worse than Kirt Cousins and Viking fans are still crying about him.

  10. Did someone above really compare Love to #1 draft pick Troy Aikman? Do they think they’re getting 3 rings out of Love when neither Favre nor Rodgers managed it on this team run by this “eh, good enough” front office?

    The delusion and complacency of some Packers fans is breathtaking. They don’t see just how unique Favre and Rodgers are. They didn’t just draft Mahomes. They are on the brink of being in the wilderness for some time to come.

  11. Bless you Aaron Rodgers for helping the team out by holding out.you realized Love desperately needs the reps you dont need to lead the team so you gave them to him.now help the team again by not showing up this season at all or simply retire.next season you will have a new team and new contract,it dont get better than that for you.

  12. billh1947 says:
    “Bortles is no worse than Kirt Cousins and Viking fans are still crying about him.”

    If you really believe this, you shouldn’t be making comments about football.

  13. “Either way, Rodgers gets what he wants.”
    ________

    That’s going to be the funny part because I doubt that either way he’ll end up happy. Passive-aggressives never can let anything go so he won’t ever be truly happy with the Packers again no matter how big his contract is and he’s going to be in for a HUGE surprise if he gets traded because nobody is going to view him as a long-term play. Teams will be hoping to win a Super Bowl instantly and then within a couple seasons he’ll be asked to restructure his contract or be released.

  14. I understand why Rodgers is mad. If they had hit on the first round pick with a starter they probably would have been in the Super Bowl. However he is still surrounded by a great roster of players on offense – arguably the league’s top receiver, a top 5 running back, a solid offensive line, and a smart young offensive-minded coach. There are 25 other QBs would would kill to command that offense.

  15. tripoli18 says:
    June 8, 2021 at 10:17 am
    I’m in camp Love! Does Love dirt ball 3rd down pass or does he give wr a chance or the obvious decision RUN into the endzone.
    Rodgers blew that game…yet again!
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    Yet Rodgers was one of the biggest reasons that the Pack even made it to that game. Enjoy the Love/Bortles experiment.

  16. mahomes did great his first year as a starter, i wouldn’t expect anything less from Love.

  17. “That’s why I still believe that folks like CEO Mark Murphy and G.M. Brian Gutekunst would prefer (even if they won’t admit it) a full-season holdout by Rodgers. ”

    I agree. But if they don’t get an offer they like next year, they won’t trade Rodgers. They’ll force him to retire.

  18. What are the odds that Love has got what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. Odds are heavily against him being good and 1 in ten thousand of being great. Packers are going to look stupid if Rodgers walks.

  19. kevpft says:
    June 8, 2021 at 10:42 am
    The delusion and complacency of some Packers fans is breathtaking. They don’t see just how unique Favre and Rodgers are. They didn’t just draft Mahomes. They are on the brink of being in the wilderness for some time to come.

    AND I CAN’T WAIT!!
    Packer fans are delusional. A lot of them here in Wisconsin truly believe players want to take pay cuts to live in the cold. Because in the 1960’s it was the place to be in the NFL. They were spoiled with nearly 30 years of Hall of Fame qb play. My 49ers had Montana to Young but not nearly as long as this. It’s time for GB to know what every other franchise has. Ups and downs every few years

  20. “mahomes did great his first year as a starter, i wouldn’t expect anything less from Love.”

    I remember having those same hopes for Joey Harrington.

  21. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 8, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    Favors check down passes in practice. Yikes.

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    Needs to continue the 70% completion rate he had into the wide open unguarded nets last week.

  22. The division is now the Bears’ to lose. If Rodgers is gone then the Bears have the best QB in the division in Justin Fields.

  23. If I were the Packers GM I would take advantage of the Raiders amateur grade front office and trade Aaron Rodgers to them for Derrick Carr and a king’s ransom

  24. tripoli18 says:
    June 8, 2021 at 10:17 am
    I’m in camp Love! Does Love dirt ball 3rd down pass or does he give wr a chance or the obvious decision RUN into the endzone.
    Rodgers blew that game…yet again!

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    Brady did this a lot during his Diva Glory Years from 2007-2012 in the postseason.

    All cerebral, intelligent game management concepts he simply lost focus on because he wanted passing stats and the limelight with the win.

    It’s why he wasn’t happy after SB 53. The D was the standout and he was jealous it wasn’t about him.

    BB drafted JimmyG in 2014 and worked with him daily. Brady saw it and it reinvigorated him and scared him for his job. BB saw it early on, but the reason BB didn’t give Brady an extension is because he feared
    more enabling of Diva Brady once JimmyG was dealt.

    I never thought Brady would pull a Clemens, Favre, etc, but he did.

    It was a Diva Showdown in last year’s title game where Brady threw 3 ints like he did in the 2007 and 2011 title games, just completely oblivious to the game situations. So, it wasn’t just Rodgers.

    Brady’s diva syndrome will only continue.

    Good thing the Chiefs O line was a sieve and Goodell gave TB two free TDs before half.

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