Jordan Love “a hundred percent” ready to start if Aaron Rodgers stays away

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Jordan Love looked better in Wednesday’s organized team activity than he did Tuesday. That’s great news for the Packers since the second-year quarterback might start Week 1.

Aaron Rodgers continues to stay away from the team facility, leaving Love as QB1 for now.

If Rodgers remains a holdout, Love is confident he’s prepared to start the season opener Sept. 12 at the Saints.

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.”

Love didn’t have a regular offseason program or any preseason a year ago because of COVID-19. He took minimal reps during the season as the third-string quarterback.

So the Packers are giving Love a crash course, trying to get him up to speed in case he is their 2021 starter.

“Every day is a new learning experience,” coach Matt LaFleur said. “And when you have limited reps and you weren’t getting the bulk of the reps all throughout the course of the season — and this is never an excuse; it’s just reality, right? There [was] no preseason [last year], so there’s just a ton of learning that’s going on.

“It’s great to see when he does have success because again that will build the confidence, and that’s really what we’re looking for. But also, it’s everybody else around him, too. When they’re playing at a high level, it makes that guy’s job a lot easier.”

Love admitted he has no idea what Rodgers is going to do and was “just as surprised as you guys” that Rodgers is skipping the minicamp. Love, though, has stayed in touch with Rodgers and said the two have a “good relationship.”

42 responses to “Jordan Love “a hundred percent” ready to start if Aaron Rodgers stays away

  1. Actually like to see them start 4-0 under love. Then tell Rodgers to clean out his locker as he is unnecessary.

  2. Pretty simple, Love will be the starter if/until Rodgers shows up. Then he won’t be.

  3. Let’s get on with it then. There’s no guarantee that Rodgers will do as well as he did last season. It’s the way the chips fall.

  4. It is in the Packers best interest to say that Love is doing great and ready to start. The reality is that he is not

  5. Considering neither the Packers or Rodgers have said anything substantive and nobody but them knows what’s really happening behind the scenes, the confidence Love demonstrates is reassuring.

  6. Lol. Everybody is “ready to play” in June. With no pads. Against no defense. Throwing the ball 7 on 7 with no contact and no real plays. Look, it’s a bunch of hogwash. If the kid plays 17 games this season, a successful season would be 8-9. Actually, very successful. The most likely outcome is 7-10 on the high side.

  7. Oh he’s ready to start alright. Ready to deal with corner blitzes and defensive tackles with long arms blocking his throwing lanes? Probably not.

  8. The guy who didn’t step on the field last season is 100% ready to start? Uh-uh.

    100% willing, 100% believing he can handle the task, sure. But not ready. Not even close.

    It’s amazing to see some Packers fans being so complacent about this. Your team is on the brink of extended mediocrity.

  9. I’ll give Rodgers his much, he’s making Favre’s exit look positively charming with all this nonsense.

  10. heres hoping he crushes it.
    .
    always nice to see hard working players succeed.

  11. Best thing I’ve read all day. Poor Aaron says he wants out but now he has to eat this. LOVE IT

  12. Rogers knows that Love is nowhere near that talent that his is. The Packers know it also on some level. If starting the season with Love at QB is the Packers plan that would be a mistake.

  13. Love is doing his best to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by Rodgers’ absence.

  14. Love says he is %100 ready,but i think it would mean a lot more if the coaching staff said it.

  15. Read the full article. It talks about some throws only Rodgers and Love can make in the NFCN.

  16. Rodgers is self destructing and he doesn’t even realize it, makes alot of sense to push everything in your life away when an issue comes up and he threw his family to the curb and he’s working on his career. He’s a premadona!!

  17. It isn’t hard to be ready to start. All you have to do is walk on the field for the first play without forgetting your helmet. What happens after that is another story.

  18. Rogers is a known ego-maniac, and thus it would not be surprising to see him continue to hold out here. My guess is that the Packers
    Will blink first, as they can at least get a solid return for him in a trade this year and have a stockpile of picks in 2022.

  19. Being ready to start and being able to perform are two very different things. The former does not guarantee the latter!

  20. This excuse is never an excuse so let’s not focus on how love has looked up till now except for about 2 passes today.

  21. But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.” That comment right there tells me the kid has a bit of a swag about him love it.

  22. He doesn’t have to start today — it’s a target toward which he is working. That’s all we need to hear.

  23. Will he be as prolific with his interception throwing as his last year of college when he lead the country in picks?

  24. Good. More than half the state of Wisconsin has given up on Rodgers and is ready to embrace Love. The only holdouts are those people that were born in Green Bay and have never left the city. Trust me – it’s Love’s team now. Rodgers is done and we don’t care about him anymore.

  25. Well, there you go Mr GM and Packers fans. You bashed a hall of fame QB and treated him poorly and the team gave him very little support on the field. Your new guy is ready so give Rodgers his trade and start the season fresh. You all said he was over the hill anyways. Put your money where your mouth is and go with Love.

  26. Cheese Nation is amusing. Experiencing an almost 30-year stretch of Favre-Rodgers makes them think Hall of Fame quarterbacks fall from the sky. Have fun with the next decade of Jordan Hundley or whatever Blaine Osweiler-Weedens fall to you in the draft. Perhaps one day you will realize Aaron was a gift more precious than all the fried curds in the cosmos.

  27. kevpft says:
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    The guy who didn’t step on the field last season is 100% ready to start? Uh-uh.

    100% willing, 100% believing he can handle the task, sure. But not ready. Not even close.

    It’s amazing to see some Packers fans being so complacent about this. Your team is on the brink of extended mediocrity.

    Tell me what basis you make this claim on?Over the last 30 years GB/NE has had the best QB success in the NFL.Favre/Rodgers(Hasselbach,Brooks,and Brunell were pretty good starting QBs as well) and Bledsoe/Brady and NE only in this because Brady is best ever.
    Love is a 1st round pick with a much better coaching staff than most 1st rounders have when they enter the league.Hate on GB all you want they still have a talented roster with Pro Bowlers on both sides of the ball.Guys like you are the same fools who bash AR every chance you get and then crap on GB when you think he is gone.
    Think about this…Love has a higher ceiling than Goff or Cousins in the division.Fields we think has a high ceiling but the Bears coaching staff is terrible and history says the Bears have no clue about drafting QBs.
    As bad as this all looks right now,GB,SF,Sea and TB still have the best QB situation in the NFC.

  28. The Chargers were gonna play Tyrod Taylor over Justin Herbert last year until Taylor got poked in the lung and they were forced to go with Herbert. He did alright for someone the coaching staff didn’t think was ready to start.

    Patrick Mahomes didn’t even start until year two but showed he would have done pretty good if forced to play year 1.

    No one knows if he can win until he’s on the field playing. That’s just the reality for all players.

  29. So entertaining to see the brainwashed Packer fans trash Rodgers , you know the guy who’s carried the team on his back with little help from management . This situation can FINALLY put an end to the myth that the Packers are better then the rest of the NFL . Rodgers has exposed the Packers for what they are , a team more concerned about money then winning . A team one play away from the Super Bowl last year has been turned into a non playoff team all because of Gutekunst’s ego .

  30. Love’s already got “them” hopping up and down at the mere mention of his name. I don’t think Favre or Rodgers had them so beside themselves this quickly.

  31. Sounds like Brett Hundley, Scott Tolzien and Joe Callahan – Careful what you wish for. Much rather have a HOF GB like Ron Wolf.

  32. Sounds like the packers scripted a practice for him to make him look good in front of the media. How can a QB be ready when he wasn’t even ready to be the backup last year?

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