Packers' Jordan Love set to make first start at quarterback
With star Rodgers out due to covid-19 this could be the moment for the new kid on the block.
As the Packers face a quarterback crisis they will have to turn to Jordan Love
Packers Jordan Love feels good
In the wake of two of their three QBs testing positive for covid-19 in the last week, the Green Bay Packers have no choice but to rely on Jordan Love for the next game. Love who had feared he would be the next name on the list has in fact tested negative on each of the last three days. Speaking on Friday he said, "I'm confident that I'm good right now."
Love who will be making his first NFL start on Sunday away to the the Kansas City Chiefs, while starter Aaron Rodgers and third-string QB Kurt Benkert sit on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Love - while wearing a mask - added that though he was fully vaccinated against covid-19 the mask was part of extra precautions that had been instituted by the team this week.
"I was a little shocked but not crazy shocked," Love said when speaking on Rodgers' diagnosis. "Just because with Kurt testing positive earlier in the week, I kind of figured something might happen in the quarterback room. I didn't know what would happen, but just hearing that, my initial thought was...wondering what would shake out with all of the close contacts and how things would break down and just affect all of us in the room. That was my first thought, and just obviously trying to get my mind right for starting this week. But I prepared for this, and I'm confident in myself."
Jordan Love to be Rodgers successor?
When he arrived at Green Bay in the 2020 draft, Love initially caused quite a stir in the organization as it was assumed he was acquired to replace Aaron Rodgers himself. Rodgers, who was transparent about his surprise then went on to spend the off season flirting with the idea of leaving the Packers. In the end the three time league MVP reported for training camp and the turmoil was seemingly put to rest. With that, Love was put in a position where he had to bide his time. Sunday, however, could just be a pilot episode for the Packers 2022 season as fans will get a first look at their potential new starting quarter back.
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Coach Matt LaFleur gives Love his backing
Packers coach Matt LaFleur spoke on Love saying the player had been "locked in" during practice and team meetings during the past week. "I think he's come a long way, but by no means is he a finished product," LaFleur said. "It's going to be a great opportunity for him to get his feet wet for the first time in a meaningful game, being that it's the regular season. So it'll be a great learning experience for him, and I'm just excited for his opportunity."
To date Love has faced 15 snaps which came at the tail end of the Packers' crippling loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 68 yards in the fourth quarter. Sunday on the other hand
will be a different prospect entirely as it will be his first regular-season appearance. The good news is he will be able to count on All-pro wide receiver Davante Adams who has returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Speaking on their coming partnership Adams was positive. "We haven't played together yet, so there's not really a way to describe [the connection]," Adams said. "It's going to be new, but I'm looking forward to seeing how the game goes."