The Green Bay Packers made one of the most surprising picks of the 2020 NFL Draft when they traded up in the first round to select quarterback Jordan Love. While Matt LaFelur insists that does not mean Aaron Rodgers is on borrowed time with the team, at least one longtime Packers reporter believes the head coach was sending Rodgers a message with the pick.
Bob McGinn, who has covered the Packers for roughly 40 years, was highly critical of the team’s draft in his latest column for The Athletic. While he’s not sold on Jordan Love as an NFL prospect, McGinn thinks it is fair to wonder if the Packers will want to get out from under Rodgers’ contract in the next year or two if he doesn’t rediscover his MVP form or something close to it.
The Packers took former Boston College star running back AJ Dillon in the second round and declined to use none of their eight picks on a wide receiver, which has led to increased speculation that they could look to become more of a running team next season. A change in philosophy like that might not sit well with Rodgers, which is why McGinn believes the decision to trade up to No. 26 for Love indicates LaFleur has “simply had enough of Rodgers’ act and wanted to change the narrative.”
If Love succeeds in his first NFL offseason, that could put pressure on Rodgers in one of two ways. For one, it might inspire the 36-year-old to check his ego if he feels like a youngster is breathing down his neck. Or, better yet for the Packers, Love’s presence could light a fire under Rodgers and create a situation similar to the one when the New England Patriots used a second-round pick on Jimmy Garoppolo back in 2014. Tom Brady went on to lead the Pats to three more Super Bowl wins after that, and there’s no question the team’s decision to draft Garoppolo motivated him.
If the Packers viewed Love as a long-term backup and nothing more, there’s no way they would have traded up and used a first-round pick on him. Rodgers appears to be taking the addition of Love in stride, but the situation will be one to monitor — especially if it creates tension between Rodgers and LaFleur.
The Green Bay Packers using a high draft pick on a quarterback led many to speculate that the clock could be ticking on Aaron Rodgers, but one former teammate of Rodgers thinks that the two signal callers will get along just fine.
Speaking on Sunday with Josh Moser of WLUK, ex-Packers receiver James Jones expressed confidence that Rodgers would be able to make it work with Jordan Love, whom the Packers drafted in the first round at No. 26 overall.
“Me knowing Aaron, Aaron is confident in his abilities,” said Jones. “He feels like he’s the best player, the best quarterback in the world. So he’s not worried about somebody coming in there and taking his position … He’s not gonna go in there and be like, ‘I’m not gonna help this young kid, just because this young kid’s been drafted, and he’s behind me, and we play the same position.’
“I think the relationship is gonna be unbelievable,” added Jones. “And I’ve spoken with Aaron a bunch of times about this situation happening.”
Jones, who was teammates with Rodgers on the Packers for eight seasons, also drew a comparison to how the former MVP himself arrived in Green Bay as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart behind the revered Brett Favre.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot however, Rodgers is already offering his full support to the 21-year-old Love. At the same time, Rodgers, despite the fact that he will turn 37 later this year, seems poised to approach the season with the belief that he will not be beat out for the starting job any time soon.
Many wondered how Aaron Rodgers would receive Jordan Love, whom the Green Bay Packers selected with their first-round pick on Thursday night. Would Rodgers have a cold reaction to Love, who ostensibly was picked to eventually replace Rodgers at quarterback for Green Bay? Or would he welcome his new teammate?
For now, we know that Rodgers has at least reached out to Love.
Packers reporter Jason Wilde reported on Saturday that Rodgers called Love directly to talk.
Love told ESPN’s Maria Taylor that Rodgers congratulated him.
Jordan Love told @MariaTaylor on the ABC draft broadcast that he connected with Aaron Rodgers today.
"I was able to talk with him earlier," Love said. "Really good guy. Just congratulated me, and I was just letting him know that I was excited to be able to work with him."
The Green Bay Packers made headlines on Thursday night when they traded up to select former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft. There were immediate questions about what the move meant to Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team, and whether the Packers had just recreated the Rodgers-Brett Favre situation from over a decade ago.
But there was one other detail that a Twitter user noticed: drafting Jordan Love gave the Packers A-Rod and J. Lo at quarterback.
The famous A-Rod, former MLB player Alex Rodriguez, is engaged to actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, who goes by J. Lo, making all too great of a coincidence.
Rodriguez seems to be converted to a Packers fan now, sort of:
The Packers will be hoping Rodgers and Love get along as well as A-Rod and J. Lo, but the odds are against it. Rodgers always has a chip on his shoulder and expressed as much last month when asked about the Packers possibly drafting a quarterback.
Long before the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Aaron Rodgers knew there was a possibility his team would draft a quarterback. And he had a great comment about it.
In March, Rodgers spoke with “Wilde & Tausch” and was asked about the possibility of the Packers taking a quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers on @WildeAndTausch in March on possibility of Packers drafting a QB: "They're not going to be able to beat me out anytime soon."
A quarterback isn’t taking Rodgers’ spot any time soon. And that’s what makes the pick so curious. Rodgers is 36 and led the Packers to a 13-3 season last year. Though he was not at his best, he still passed for 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions. The chances of a drafted quarterback being better than him next season or the following season seems low.
The Packers may have invited a Jimmy Garoppolo-Tom Brady situation, and you saw how that worked out — New England got to a point where they could not afford to keep both quarterbacks, so they chose to trade Jimmy G. Maybe Green Bay will be ready to trade Rodgers after the upcoming season.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted pretty much everyone in some way, but it’s safe to say not many will have a story like the one Aaron Rodgers can tell.
On Friday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback joined “McAfee & Hawk: Sports Talk” and revealed that he was nearly stranded in Peru as the pandemic worsened. Rodgers and three companions were traveling South America and had to rush to the packed airport to get out of Peru just before the country closed its borders to try to slow the spread of the virus.
“That was quite the ordeal,” Rodgers said, via Kendra Meinert of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Have you seen the movie ‘Argo’? You have? The scene at the end where they’re racing to the airport. Nobody was chasing us, thankfully, or holding us. We didn’t have to speak Farsi to get back into the country, but there were some moments where we worried we were not going to get out. It was absolute pandemonium at the airport.”
Rodgers and his companions were fine, but he said they managed to get out of Peru 15 minutes before the airport closed due to weather conditions. He did not think they would have made it out had they been flying commercially.
Will the Green Bay Packers draft Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent this year? There’s a chance.
Rodgers is 36, and while he’s still playing well, he knows better than anyone else that the Packers are a proactive organization. Rodgers was drafted and groomed as Brett Favre’s replacement, and there has been some speculation that Green Bay may begin searching for Rodgers’ replacement soon.
Rodgers isn’t worried. He said he’s ready to fend off any competition at the quarterback position, and would like to see the Packers draft someone who can help right away.
“I’m a realist; I know where we’re at as an org and I know where I’m at my career,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I’m confident (he is) not going to beat me out anytime soon.”
One wonders if Rodgers would look at mentoring a potential protege the same way Ben Roethlisberger does. The Packers quarterback doesn’t want any backup, because he knows he can do the job and thinks he can keep doing it for some time to come. He’s probably right that Green Bay would be better off drafting immediate help at this point.