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Less than a year removed from the controversial draft that brought Jordan Love to the Packers, the 2020 first-rounder is speaking out about where he stands within the organization.
“The situation I’m in, they brought me in to learn as much as I can, and that’s really all I can do,” Love told CBS Sports on Tuesday. “I don’t make those calls; they do.”
The Packers traded up in the 2020 NFL Draft to secure the risky Utah State gunslinger at No. 26 overall, only to have him sit on the bench all season behind presumptive NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and backup Tim Boyle. The decision was even more head-scratching considering Rodgers is under contract through 2023, and the team’s more glaring, immediate roster gaps.
“Obviously, (like) anybody, you wanna be out there competing,” Love said. “The way I look at it, if I’m not ready to be out there, then I have to keep working. I mean, I definitely grew a lot during the season. It’s a lot when you first get there, your head’s kinda spinning, but once you get your feet into it and get through the season, your confidence gains.”
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Despite the offseason drama, the 37-year-old Rodgers posted a banner year, completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards and a career-high 48 touchdowns to just five interceptions during the regular season. He earned his third first-team All-Pro nomination and was named to his ninth Pro Bowl.
Rodgers seemed shaky about his future with the Packers following their crushing defeat to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game, which ignited speculation he may demand a new contract or an outright trade. Green Bay maintains that Rodgers will be the its leader for years to come, a dynamic which draws parallels to Brett Favre and Rodgers in the mid-2000s. It is, however, much less common for teams to sit quarterbacks for multiple seasons nowadays, especially ones who were drafted in the first round.
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Love, who “looks fondly” on his first season in the NFL, according to CBS, spoke of the experience playing behind the future Hall of Fame quarterback, and vowed to be ready when his time comes.
“Seeing Aaron and how he handles himself in practice,” he said, “being in a quarterback room, you kinda know how it goes, but he’s a really smart dude. For him, obviously, it’s a little different, because I’m over here learning the playbook still, and he knows it.
“[I’ll] make sure I’m ready when my name is called.”