Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst looked up after the 2021 NFL Draft when he reportedly stated that 2020 rookie and backup quarterback Jordan Love had “A long way to go” before he was ready to replace future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. The statement became even more concerning when the reigning NFL MVP failed to show up for the start of the mandatory minicamp amid reports that he wishes to be traded.
That was before Love put in a stellar performance during Wednesday’s practice session, telling reporters later in the day that he will be “100%” ready if the Packers need him to start against the New Orleans Saints in the Week 1 on September 1. 12
“Obviously this is a time where I’m getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have gotten under normal circumstances,” he explained, according to Rob demovsky from ESPN. “So I’ll take it day by day … But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was selected here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready in Week 1.”
For Myles simmons of Pro Football Talk, Love added that he and Rodgers have had “a good relationship” for the past year. “I talked to him probably a week before I left,” Love said.
Former Packers wide receiver James Jones remains convinced Rodgers will eventually come back and claim his spot at the top of the depth chart this summer, but Love is working like a QB1 for more than just warm-ups against teammates. .