Take a deep breath, Packers fans.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Aaron Rodgers was not present at the team’s meeting to start minicamp. This is not a big surprise since Rodgers hasn’t attended any of the team’s offseason workouts this year, and if Rodgers miss all three days, he could be fined $93,085.
With his absence, that means all eyes and first team reps would be going to Jordan Love. It has not started out well for him.
“Jordan Love’s first crack at the 2-minute drill (that we’ve seen) barely gets past midfield and ends with him skying a pass over wide-open Malik Taylor’s head on fourth-and-7 from the plus-46.”
“Jordan Love struggled with accuracy during team work today. The arm strength is there, but missed a handful of makeable throws. Period ends with Blake Bortles finding Isaac Nauta deep down the left sideline for a TD.”
“Jordan Love taking nearly every snap so far has struggled. Over throwing his receivers on short and intermediate routes. Only 1 deep ball and he over shot MVS, now giving way to Bortles.”
“Jordan Love sailed a pass over open Robert Tonyan’s head in the right flat. A few reps later, he overthrows open Malik Taylor down right sideline. A year ago, rarely saw Love cut loose on a throw. He’s let it rip more this offseason. A bit too much, at times.”
How some are reacting to his struggles:
It hasn’t been all bad:
“No live rush, but Jordan Love just flashed some impressive athleticism. Love maneuvered inside the pocket before flushing left and finding Amari Rodgers in the middle. Hit Rodgers with a low throw to beat tight coverage. Arm and feet in one play.”
“With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan [Love],” Rodgers told Kenny Mayne in May. “I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said the team has no plans to trade Rodgers, but teams have shown interest in acquiring the 37-year-old quarterback.
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