The Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals held a joint practice yesterday ahead of their preseason game against each other on Friday. While the practice was highlighted by two fights involving Pro Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins, Packers starting quarterback Jordan Love also performed well.
So well, in fact, that numerous Bengals defensive players had great things to say about him after practice was over. DJ Reader, the Bengals defensive lineman who fought Jenkins, said he liked Love’s confidence and demeanor. Mike Hilton, a Cincinnati cornerback, said “I think Green Bay got a good one” when asked about Love’s performance.
Earlier today, Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated revealed his own analysis of Love’s performance against the Bengals on Wednesday, as well as some fairly high praise from Germaine Pratt, Cincinnati’s inside linebacker.
Germaine Pratt on Green Bay Packers Quarterback Jordan Love: “He’s Going to Be Great”
According to multiple reports, both the Packers and Bengals defenses won the day against the opposing offenses. However, Love was not the reason the Green Bay offense “lost.” In fact, Huber had some really positive things to say about the new starting quarterback when he wrote:
“He never looked rattled. Aside from the receiver-screen-turned-interception, Love kept the football out of harm’s way. He threw three pinpoint-perfect passes on deep shots. He even threw a no-look completion to Romeo Doubs.”
That no-look completion should get fans very excited. That is something that Rodgers was known for when he had great chemistry with his pass catchers.
Huber then shared some extremely high praise that Germaine Pratt had for Love following practice:
“I think he’s good,” Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt said. “I thought he was solid, to be honest. I didn’t really know what to expect because I was always thinking of A-Rod, but I think he’s solid. … I think he’ll be a great player, to be honest. He learned from A-Rod, now he gets the keys to run the system.”
It’s interesting that, so far this offseason, the only people that have said that Love is going to fail or cannot play football have been analysts who have never played professional football. Now, in addition to numerous Packers teammates, several Bengals players have publicly talked about how good they think Love is.
Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles may have been the first non-Packers player to jump aboard the Love Train when he discussed how bright Green Bay’s future is when he discussed playing against Love last season. The fact of the matter is that professional football players are coming away impressed with Love.
Perhaps they should be the ones fans listen to, instead of, oh, let’s say Adam Schein.