Green Bay Packers second-year quarterback Jordan Love has publicly said that he is prepared to be Week 1 starter for his team. 2020 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers didn't show up for minicamp this week but Love was there. "A hundred percent," Love said when asked if he is prepared to be the Week 1 starter.
"Obviously, this is a time where I'm getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I'm just going to take it day by day. ... But yeah, that's what I'm here for.
I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I'll definitely be ready Week 1." The Packers still view Rodgers as No. 1 quarterback but they are doing everything they can to help Love in his development. "Listen, you can never get too high and never too low in this game," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after practice.
"One of the biggest emphases for Jordan is just to treat each play as its own entity. We're always grading the decision-making, the timing, the accuracy, and we want to see the consistency just continue to get better and better."
Love received most reps during minicamp
"Every day is a new learning experience," LaFleur said. "And when you have limited reps and you weren't getting the bulk of the reps all throughout the course of the season -- and this is never an excuse; it's just reality, right? There [was] no preseason [last year], so there's just a ton of learning that's going on.
"It's great to see when he does have success because again that will build the confidence, and that's really what we're looking for. But also, it's everybody else around him, too. When they're playing at a high level, it makes that guy's job a lot easier."
Love confirmed that he has stayed in touch with Rodgers throughout the preseason. "I've just been living my life, man, trying to do what I can do to get better in this offseason and obviously not knowing what's going to happen next," Love said in his first session with team reporters since Aug.
20. "My main thing's been controlling what I can control and do my best to get better every day so that I'm ready whatever the circumstance may be come [the start of] the season. Just do my best to be ready for myself, for the team and for everybody here."