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 surprised many people when they decided to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback Thursday night, but one division rival coach is hoping it helps get rid of Aaron Rodgers.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked for his reaction to the Packers taking Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick, and he had a great response. Zimmer said he’s hoping the pick leads to Rodgers calling it a career.
Mike Zimmer on what he thought when he saw Packers draft a QB at 26: "I think Rodgers should retire."
He laughed and said Vikings are just worried about us."
While there is obviously no chance of that happening, the Love pick is a good indication that the Packers understand Rodgers is not immortal. The two-time NFL MVP will turn 37 before the end of next season, and he has battled some injuries in recent years. It’s unrealistic to think every star quarterback can play as long as Tom Brady or Drew Brees, so Green Bay is wise to start thinking about the future now.
Jordan Love could stand to benefit the most if three teams in the top six picks of the NFL Draft take quarterbacks, as that will give the former Utah State star a much better chance of going in the first round. One thing that seems certain is that Love is drawing plenty of interest ahead of Thursday.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Sunday that several teams have done extensive research on Love, and at least two of those teams have an opening at starting quarterback. One is the Miami Dolphins, who have three picks in the first round, and another is the New England Patriots.
Teams that have done serious research on Utah St. QB Jordan Love, per @JFowlerESPN.
The Dolphins seem likely to take either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert at No. 5 overall, so the Patriots may be the most intriguing suitor for Love. While Love doesn’t have the body of work that some of the bigger QB names in the draft have, teams love his physical traits and many view him as a fit for New England.
Even if second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham is the favorite to land the starting job in New England, it seems like a guarantee that the Patriots are going to use a draft pick on a quarterback. The question is how much they want to invest, and we have already heard rumors of them making a huge splash or going with someone very few people know. Love would qualify as something in between.
2019 was a big year for quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, and 2020 is similar.
Four quarterbacks may go in the first round of the draft, with a handful of others waiting behind them to potentially go on the second day. Young franchise quarterbacks are the dream for teams who don’t already have one, and this year is not expected to be any different.
Here are rankings of the seven best quarterbacks in the class of 2020.
The Miami Dolphins are well-positioned to get a quarterback with the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft, but the lingering question is which one they’ll go for.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, teams around the league believe the Dolphins are “intrigued” by Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. However, they’re unlikely to take him fifth overall, and would have to risk finding a way to trade back into the first round to get him if they go for an offensive lineman instead.
The Dolphins could keep it simple and simply select Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 and sort out the quarterback position, but it’s not clear if that’s what they’re going to do.
Love is attracting a lot of interest from teams later in the first round. The reality is that if Miami is in a situation where they have to trade back up to get Love, they’d be competing with a lot of teams that might be better-positioned to take him. As a result, Love to Miami seems unlikely, even if the Dolphins are very interested.
The most divisive quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft is shaping up to be Jordan Love.
The Utah State quarterback is still expected to be a first-round pick, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo believes that Love is likely to wind up going late in the round. Teams are split on Love, partially due to what they saw and heard in the pre-draft process.
Not only did Love fail to convince during his workouts, but teams came away split on him based on his pre-draft interviews, which have also failed to thoroughly impress scouts and executives.
Love’s 17 interceptions last season are worrisome compared to 20 touchdowns. Still, a lot of teams are checking him out, including one that tends to know what it’s doing in the scouting department. At the moment, though, Love is looking like a late first rounder who may be groomed to take over for a veteran starter in a year or two.
Jordan Love is one of the more intriguing quarterback names in the NFL Draft, and it sounds like there is widespread interest in him as a potential first-round pick.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, at least six teams are at least somewhat looking into Love. That includes the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers, as well as possibly quarterback-needy teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, and Washington Redskins.
Texas Tech coach Matt Wells, who coached Love at Utah State, said he has spoken to seven NFL head coaches this past week about the quarterback.
Since 2000, 16 of the 19 players to win the Heisman Trophy were quarterbacks. In other words, the best player in college football is usually adjudged to be the nation’s top signal-caller, underlining the importance of the position if a school wants a chance at claiming a conference or national title. Just ask the Oklahoma Sooners, who boast back-to-back Heisman-winning quarterbacks, both of whom played in the College Football Playoff.
Which quarterbacks are going to be the ones competing for those honors this season? Here are the ten best quarterbacks in college football in 2019.
10. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska
Any rebirth of Nebraska football is tied to Martinez, who was handed the quarterback job as a freshman and acquitted himself well. He threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 629 rushing yards. A better supporting cast should help those numbers go up, and some have even mentioned him as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate. That may be premature, but given Martinez’s natural talent and Scott Frost’s reputation for developing players, it may be realistic eventually.
9. D’Eriq King, Houston
King suffered a knee injury toward the end of 2018, and his recovery and health will be paramount to him reaching his potential. If King does reach his potential, he’ll easily become one of the country’s most dynamic quarterbacks. As a junior, King threw 36 touchdown passes and added 14 more rushing scores, bringing him to an even 50 on the year despite playing in only 11 games. Dana Holgorsen’s offense has the chance to make him one of the most prolific stat-producers in the entire nation.
8. Jordan Love, Utah State
After passing for 32 touchdowns and 3,567 yards last season, there’s no reason to believe Love won’t be able to turn in a repeat performance in 2019. Ranking as one of the Group of Five’s top quarterbacks, Love had a pair of 400-yard passing games in 2018, and nearly beat Michigan State in East Lansing. He has a new coach in Gary Andersen, but don’t expect that to slow him down as one of the best returning quarterbacks.
7. Shea Patterson, Michigan
Michigan was likely headed for a College Football Playoff appearance last season had they not lost to Ohio State, and that defeat largely was not Patterson’s fault. The senior enters 2019 with a lot of pressure on his shoulders given the prevailing narrative that Michigan is long overdue for a Big Ten title and has the talent to win one. They certainly have the quarterback to do it, as Patterson was good for 2,600 yards last season. The hope is that a more expansive offense will boost Patterson’s numbers and make the team even better.
6. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
After an up-and-down Alabama career, Hurts has moved to Oklahoma. Coach Lincoln Riley has made clear that Hurts is expected to compete with Tanner Mordecai for the starting job, but most expect Hurts to win it. Known primarily for his mobility, the key for Hurts will be to show improvement as a passer. However, Riley and Oklahoma’s high-powered approach to offense could make Hurts yet another Oklahoma Heisman candidate. He’d love to make it three years in a row for the Sooners.
5. Sam Ehlinger, Texas
It’s comical to now think that Ehlinger was once part of a quarterback controversy at Texas. Nobody is questioning him now. He racked up 41 total touchdowns in 2018 — 25 passing and 16 rushing — while quarterbacking the Longhorns to their first ten-win season since 2009. The junior is only getting better, and as long as there are no injuries or other issues, a Big 12 title and Heisman consideration is not out of the question for Ehlinger.
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert surprised many when he passed on the NFL Draft despite the fact that scouts are said to be drooling over his pro potential. The beneficiary of that decision is Oregon, which will subsequently be able to play one more season with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Herbert is a classic pocket passer with size and a big arm, as evidenced by his 63 touchdown passes in three years with the Ducks. Don’t be surprised if he has a 30-touchdown, 3,000-yard season in the pipeline.
3. Jake Fromm, Georgia
Georgia’s second season with Fromm under center wasn’t quite as successful as the first, but it certainly wasn’t down to the quarterback, who continues to develop at an elite level. Fromm posted a 30-touchdown season and improved his completion percentage as a sophomore despite falling short of 3,000 yards. There’s no reason to believe Fromm’s development won’t continue as a junior. A higher national profile could follow if the Bulldogs can make the College Football Playoff.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tua was everything the Crimson Tide hoped for and then some until a poor performance and injury in the SEC Championship helped derail his Heisman hopes. His season ended with two interceptions against Clemson, where he was outplayed by Trevor Lawrence. Losing that game gives Tagovailoa something to prove, which Nick Saban knows. Tua is entirely capable of making another run at the Heisman, and it’s worth remembering that he fell just 34 yards shy of 4,000 and added 43 passing touchdowns despite the fact that he was rarely playing the entirety of Alabama blowouts.
1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
For the bulk of the 2018 season, Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray were dominating the college football quarterback conversation. Lawrence proceeded to make the title game his personal coming out party. The freshman capped off a 3,000-yard season by throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns against a shell-shocked Crimson Tide defense. With no questions about his starting job and a talented team around him, Lawrence has the chance to surpass those numbers and win a Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Another national title isn’t out of the question either.