At this point, there’s no denying that Jordan Love has been a major reason behind the Green Bay Packers’ (relative) success early on this season. There was a lot of pressure on this young man to step out of Aaron Rodgers’ shadow following the four-time MVP’s summer move to the New York Jets.
It has been so far so good for the Packers‘ new QB1.
Jordan Love Has Lived Up to Green Bay Packers’ Expectations
Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements could not agree more. The 70-year-old recently opened up about his thoughts on Love’s production thus far and the veteran shot-caller had nothing but good things to say about the young QB:
“Jordan is pretty even-keeled,” Clements said, via the team website. “He’s pretty much the same way he’s been the last year at least when I’ve been with him. He works at it, he’s intelligent. You always anticipate based on how he’s practiced and done in the preseason and years past, you have an idea of how he might do when he becomes the full-time starter, and he’s confirmed our thoughts. He’s a good player.”
When the Packers let Rodgers pack up and leave, they put their trust in Love. You could argue that Rodgers would have taken his talents elsewhere regardless but at the same time, the decision to part ways with their now-former cornerstone quarterback was made easier by the fact that they have Love waiting in the wings.
Nowhere to Go But Up
Not only has Love lived up to the team’s lofty expectations but also, the Packers are well aware of the fact that the 24-year-old is just getting started. For his part, Clements is confident that there’s nowhere to go for Love but up:
“He only has five games of experience,” Clements said. “As he plays more, he’s going to recognize things that he’s seen previously in games and if he reacted correctly, that’ll trigger in his mind. If previously he didn’t react the way he would’ve liked to, that triggers in your mind, too. And then as you see more defenses and what they’re trying to do you’re going to recognize it and hopefully adjust a little quicker because you’ve seen it before.”
Love is coming off a disappointing performance in Green Bay’s Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions, wherein he threw two interceptions. He has an opportunity to bounce back on Monday against the Las Vegas Raiders, which should be a chance for everyone to see his resilience and his ability to overcome adversity.
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