After an up and down pre-season campaign for Jordan Love he has had nearly every reporter ask about him. He is a hot topic of conversation since he is lined up to take over the Packers from Aaron Rodgers. This is his first action since his start against the Chiefs in 2021 and it has been important to see growth from his shaky start last year.
Love has done reasonably well in the pre-season, but he has also made some poor decisions. Four interceptions across three pre-season games, without playing the full game as well, is not great. But as Aaron Rodgers has recently stated, Love is playing with some people who won’t be in the NFL in a few days. Along with that, Love has also played limited time against other defenses besides the Packers and this has been his first chance to display the new skills he has learned.
Is Love Heading in the Right Direction?
It is extremely difficult to hold some stats against players during pre-season. There’s a lot of different factors that are affecting the game like teams trying new things or players with no NFL experience playing. As well as players only going half speed to try to prevent injury. There is no doubt in the past the pre-season has been either too competitive and injury ridden.
With this being said, Love was never expected to go out there and light it up. It would’ve been extremely positive. However, it was unrealistic because he is trying new techniques. Trying to perform new moves and different reads takes time and can be done without logging crazy statistics.
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This video from earlier in camp shows Rodgers teaching Love and Etling some of his movement. Rodgers has a creative way of playing quarterback and his style is so unique that it can be seen when someone else is attempting to play like him. When the Packers coaching staff goes through the film, they will see Love doing this exact sequence in their games. It was unlikely he would learn and play at a high level at the same time.
Has Jordan Love ‘Mastered’ the Packers?
It is hard to tell whether or not someone has fully learned something until it is truly tested. Love needs more time and exposure before anyone can confirm that. However, that hasn’t stopped everyone, especially those closest to him who keep reassuring Packers’ fans Love is the future.
Aaron Rodgers spoke to the Green Bay Press-Gazette after the game Thursday and had great things to say about Love and his performance. “The reads and stuff, just understanding the offense. I think he’s definitely become a master of the offense,” Rodgers also went on to say, ” But it’s just the little things that are really going to help him level up, and a lot of it is footwork and little things like arm angles on run action, his keeper fakes, his hard-action fakes, his run solutions and RPO game, helping to marry up with the running game. That’s what I like seeing.”
A Little More Time
Rodgers sure seems to believe that Love understands the Packers offense well enough to take over. Obviously, he didn’t commit to saying he thinks Love will be a great starter or that he is already performing extremely well. Rodgers pointed to the things Love is focusing on and the things the Packers coaching staff has seen that they have decided to develop.
It seems like Love is on the right track from a distance. The team is confident in his ability. Rodgers has also noted that he is doing the techniques they work on in the games as well. To say someone is a master of something is incredibly high praise, and Rodgers surely seems to believe Love is capable of taking over the Packers in the future.