Jordan Love: I’ll take what I’m given and run with it

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Aaron Rodgers was in Green Bay for the Packers mandatory minicamp this week and that meant Jordan Love didn’t get to run the first team offense the way he has throughout the voluntary portions of the team’s offseason program.

Love will get more chances to do that this summer, but he’ll be locked to the bench if all goes as planned for the Packers during the regular season. Given Rodgers’ new contract, it’s not clear that Love will ever get the chance to pilot the Packers in a meaningful game but the 2020 first-round pick is adamant that he isn’t focusing on that part of his future.

Love said that he’s “more comfortable, relaxed, and being able to process things at lot faster” than he was earlier in his career and that he’s continuing to devote his energy to getting better rather than whether or not his future lies in Green Bay.

“I am human,” Love said, via Jason Wilde of Madison.com. “And that stuff’s going to be there, regardless. But I think I do a pretty good job at compartmentalizing it. I don’t even want to think about that stuff. I can’t control what’s going on, I have no idea what might happen. So rather than stressing about things that might happen, things that might not happen, I’m just here right now. I’ll take what I’m given and run with it.”

Rodgers said this week that he plans to finish his career with the Packers, but gave no hints about when that might be. Unless it is after the 2022 season, it’s hard to feel confident that Love is going to be his successor in Green Bay’s offense.

31 responses to “Jordan Love: I’ll take what I’m given and run with it

  1. That is right, just keep getting better and enjoy drawing a pay check with the best seat in the house. Lucky young man, for sure.

  2. Also Jordan Love: I’ll Hold The Ball Too Long and Run With It

  3. A real shame how they have destroyed the kid’s career. Disgusting, really.

  4. If Love were ready to take the helm they would have shipped rogers out for a haul of picks… Love clearly isn’t ready

  5. By the end of the season, he will have earned a total of $10M from his NFL career at the age of 24. Not bad work if you can get it.

  6. What a complete waste of a first round pick for the packers. Not saying love isn’t good or doesn’t have potential or couldn’t live up to first round expectations, I’m just saying that it was a waste of a pick for the Packers.

  7. Such a luxury to be able to develop QB talent for a few years instead of desperately throwing a rookie to the wolves to sell a few more jerseys and tickets.

  8. As long as I’m here, I’m calling the shots, so Love has no choice but to go with whatever I say. Everyone knows who runs this franchise. Hint, it’s not Murphy, Gute, or La Fleur.

  9. The drafting of Jordan Love can be seen as either the motivation for Aaron Rodgers’ two consecutive MVP seasons or negating the missing pieces to get to the Super Bowl.

  10. And the Packers will pick up your option. Do well with that 5th year and you will have hit lotto twice.

    Do okay and someone will still give you at least 30 for 2, considering your body has been sacked how many times?

    Do lousy and if you are a ‘team guy’, you will get the best job in all of Sports: Clipboard holder. Geno Smith is still in this league. Matt Barkley lasted how long? Scary.

    Real athletes want to show and compete. Either way, you’re kind of lucky not have been David Carred. Or Kenny O’Briened. They still feel the hits…

  11. What love has been given is unrealistic expectations from the packers trading up to over draft him.

  12. Yes, in HINDSIGHT it would have been good for the Packers to draft a positional starter instead of Love. But the main Green Bay and Milwaukee sportswriters who cover the team agree on two things: 1) Rodgers was on the downslide the year before Love was drafted. 2) Franchise QBs are so hard to find – if you think you can get one, you take them whenever.
    I’ll take their opinion over the average Packer fan or non-fan. The jury is out on how far Gutekunst missed on evaluation, but if you consider a GMs job is to assure the future – he did what he was supposed to do.

  13. Terrible pick by the Pack. THey will NEVER live this one down, Who okayed the pick anyways??

  14. Trying to strike lighting twice. May or may not work out for them. It did the first time.

  15. The “missing pieces” for the Pack to get to the Superbowl was primarily great quarterback play when the championship pressure was on. Seems he couldn’t R-E-L-A-X.

  16. LGB Community says:
    June 10, 2022 at 8:33 am
    If Love were ready to take the helm they would have shipped rogers out for a haul of picks… Love clearly isn’t ready
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    Name a team that trades a consecutive MVP. Jordan’s “readiness” has nothing to do why he is not playing.

  17. Some of the tortured logic on the Jordan Love commentary blows my mind. How many 1st round picks have been spent on QB’s that did not turn into Hall of Famers? I’m gonna guess about 97%. How many 1st round QB’s never even became solid starters for more than a year or two? Probably around 70%. The point is, if you’re an NFL GM, your best bet is to take many swings at the plate, because “getting it right” is not guaranteed. Every franchise in the league has blown it on 1st round QB’s, that does not make trying to get a good one a wasted pick. Finally, just a reminder, Jordan Love is exactly where Aaron Rodgers was heading into his 3rd season, many experts thought he was a wasted pick. GM Brian Gutekunst made the pick, I’m a Packer fan and didn’t love it at the time, but I get it. Rodgers was 36 and coming off two marginal seasons, it was time to start planning ahead. The guy did the RIGHT and courageous thing even if Love never turns into a player.

  18. Wasn’t his fault Gutey made the stupid move to waste a first round pick on him when the Pack already had an MVP QB on staff that would play the entire duration of his rookie contract.

  19. Love is in a similar position to where Rodgers was when he was drafted, the big difference is that Love had an opportunity and laid a huge egg. He is likely a bust!

  20. The main issue is if Aaron sticks around say for 3 years of the 4 year contract the Packers will have to probably pay around $15 to $20 million to pick up Love’s 5th year option as a back-up. Then go into 2025 with Love being a free agent when they expect him to start with zero experience or known actually game ability with a tag price that should be getting close to $50 million (and halfway decent agent will want that per year on a 5 year deal fully guaranteed on signing to keep him) for a QB or let him walk.

  21. touchback6 says:
    June 10, 2022 at 8:30 am

    A real shame how they have destroyed the kid’s career. Disgusting, really.

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    You’ve clearly never seen him play. Getting to sit on the bench and collect a seven figure paycheck while not taking a pounding on the field and in the media for sub-par play is an absolute gift. If that’s disgusting, sign me up!

  22. The Packers have shown for decades and decades and decades that they know exactly what to do to ensure HOF QB play every season.

  23. Terrible pick by the Pack. THey will NEVER live this one down, Who okayed the pick anyways??
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    Lit a fire under Rodgers.

    Propelled him to 2 more MVP Awards, and gave the Packers their best 2 shots at the Super Bowl since 2011.

    Love may or may not be his successor. Lets not forget Rodgers was a zero also until he torched the Cowboys in relief of Favre on a Monday nighter in 2007.

    Even if Love bombs as Rodgers replacement, I’m not sure I’m willing to call this a bad pick.

  24. Jordan Love “I’ll take what I’m given”

    Al Davis “I take what I want.”

  25. The Packers had an obvious need at inside linebacker in 2020.

    If they hadn’t taken Love, they would have taken Patrick Queen, who hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with the Ravens.

    The Love pick isn’t the reason Green Bay missed the Super Bowl the past two years.

  26. Green Bay has a Maserati running the show and a Corvette in the garage just in case it breaks down. That’s a terrible problem to have, isn’t it?

  27. It could have been worse. He could have been drafted by the Vikings. At least this way, he gets to walk by four Super Bowl trophies, and see them in person every day. Not a bad gig there.

  28. The Packers have a proven and effective Maserati taking care of business, and a new and never-driven Corvette available if by chance the Maserati breaks down.

    What’s the problem again?

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