Jordan Love on starting Week 1: “I will definitely be ready”
The Packers 2nd-year QB is doing his best to focus on his job amidst Aaron Rodgers drama
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A lot has changed since the last time we talked to Jordan Love – way back in training camp last year.
And at mandatory minicamp Wednesday, following his best practice as a Packer, Love opened up about how he’s handling his job with the Aaron Rodgers drama swirling.
First, in practice, Love completed 3 amazing deep balls: a tight window throw up the right sideline to running back A.J. Dillon, then a free play bomb beating double coverage to Allen Lazard, followed by another right sideline bomb to Aaron Jones.
And after that confidence-boosting performance, Love was asked if he would be ready to start Week 1 for the Packers if Rodgers doesn’t return.
“100 percent,” Love said. “Obviously this is a time where I am getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I am going to take it day by day. That is what I am here for. I was drafted to play quarterback and I will definitely be ready in Week 1. I don’t listen to any of the outside noise and just try to stay true to myself and understand that I can’t control anything that is going on outside of the building.”
Just one day before, on Tuesday, Love had a shaky showing, overthrowing receivers. He admitted to not having his best practice. But he was brimming with confidence after his first flurry of downfield passing success in a Packers practice.
Matt LaFleur has coached many a young quarterback in his career, and the ups and downs are a constant. But days like today, do mean a lot.
“As a QB, really any position, you have to quickly hit that reset button,” LaFleur said. “Certainly, you want to have success because your confidence grows. But you’ve got to treat every day as its own entity and you can’t rest on what you did the day before, whether it is good or bad.”
“I definitely think good days build confidence, and then just stacking good days on top of each other (is key),” Love said. “Obviously I think anything that you are doing good and performing at a high level, it will definitely take your confidence up and just let you be more comfortable out there and play smoother.”
Love didn’t ask for this. But he is making the most of the opportunity to get more reps. The 22-year-old insists he is blocking out the outside noise and just putting in work. But only Love knows how it feels to walk in his shoes through all of this.
“I have just been living my life, trying to do what I can to get better this offseason, not knowing what was going to happen next,” Love said. “My main thing has been controlling what I can control and do my best to get better every day so that I am ready, no matter what circumstance comes our way in the regular season. It’s for myself, for the team, and for everybody here. As your other question, yea me and Aaron have a good relationship. I talked to him probably a week before I got out here. Not a lot of people are able to say they got to sit behind the MVP of the league. Being behind him I was able to learn a lot, see a lot of different things.”
Now, let’s take a step back on this whole Rodgers situation. It’s important to realize that this is actually the best possible thing for Love. While everything he does is scrutinized, he is getting reps he would never have never received without the reigning MVP’s rift with the team.
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