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Packers QBs Jordan Love, Kurt Benkert join in on Aaron Rodgers rumor

Jordan Love throws a pass

Several current and former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks got in on the Aaron Rodgers rumor fun.

On Friday, Boomer Esiason on his radio show shared the wildest Rodgers rumor yet. The rumor claimed Rodgers would “boycott” the Super Bowl if his Packers made it that far.

Rodgers of course wasted no time shutting down that crazy rumor. But then his teammates got in on it.

First, third-string QB Kurt Benkert joked that they supported Rodgers. Benkert called Rodgers “the jerk,” which is a reference to another Rodgers controversy.

Rodgers responded and jokingly asked if Benkert was the source of the story.

Benkert responded with a photo of notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, leading Rodgers to joke about Jordan Love.

Benkert responded again, joking that Rodgers was threatened by Benkert throwing passes to Randall Cobb.

Then current Packers backup Jordan Love jumped in, sharing a meme of a notorious class snitch from the show “Recess.”

Just when you thought all the fun would be over, Matt Flynn jumped in and joked that he was the leak over the offseason.

Flynn was a Packers backup quarterback for two different stints between 2008-2014.

As you can see, they all were getting a kick out of that rumor.

It’s only unfortunate for Green Bay that this rumor was released now and not later. It’s the sort of story that can help unite a team so they can rally and prove the doubters wrong. Maybe it was planted by someone looking to tick off Rodgers to get him to play his best entering the playoffs.

Photo: Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during their football game Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers unaffected by Jordan Love’s COVID thanks to special rule

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, raising speculation about Aaron Rodgers’ status as a potential close contact. As it turns out, there is no reason for concern from Rodgers’ standpoint.

One rule in the NFL’s health protocols ensures that Rodgers will be able to play Sunday regardless of Love’s status. Rodgers is on a testing holiday due to his own recent bout with COVID-19. That means he does not have to isolate or take extra precautions despite his potential status as a close contact.

Rodgers missed the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to his own positive test. That sparked a significant public furor over his vaccination status. Vaccination does not play a role in the testing holiday either, however.

The issue of close contacts is one that teams definitely worry about after what happened to the Denver Broncos’ quarterback room in 2020. Rodgers’ testing exemption ensures that the issue will not impact him this week.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Davante Adams looked frustrated with Jordan Love

Davante Adams with his head down

Jordan Love proved to be a big dropoff for the Packers from Aaron Rodgers, and nobody was more aware of that fact than Davante Adams.

Adams has been a favorite target of Rodgers for the last several seasons. But with Love playing quarterback during Green Bay’s 13-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Adams’ stats weren’t that great.

Adams had six catches for a season-low 42 yards on 14 targets. It’s not as if Adams wasn’t open, either; it’s just that Love missed him, such as on this potential touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Adams was open and a good throw likely would have resulted in a touchdown. But Love missed Adams badly. Adams could be seen shaking his head afterwards, seemingly in a moment of frustration.

It’s hard to blame Adams for that reaction. He beat his man, but Love couldn’t deliver.

Love, who was making his first career start with Rodgers out due to COVID, did throw a touchdown later in that possession. That touchdown accounted for Green Bay’s only points of the game.

Rodgers was upset when the Packers drafted Love last year instead of filling a need at another position. Based on how Sunday went, Adams probably isn’t happy with the pick either.

Matt LaFleur covers for Jordan Love after Packers loss

Matt LaFleur

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but coach Matt LaFleur is not pointing a finger at him.

LaFleur put Sunday’s 13-7 loss on himself, suggesting he failed to call the right plays for Love and didn’t give the quarterback a chance to succeed.

LaFleur is understandably covering for his quarterback, who struggled against Kansas City. Love went just 19-for-34 for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception. When you consider how much the Chiefs have struggled defensively at times this season, that’s particularly bad.

Kansas City often sought to put pressure on Love and it largely worked, as the quarterback never looked comfortable. LaFleur alludes to that by bemoaning his lack of quick playcalls. A few more runs or quick playaction passes may have forced the Chiefs to think twice about blitzing like they did.

LaFleur has other issues to worry about as well. Fortunately for him, Aaron Rodgers should be back next week.

Look: Jordan Love’s mother, girlfriend had terrible seats at QB’s first start

Jordan Love's mother at Arrowhead Stadium

Jordan Love made the first start of his NFL career on Sunday, and his mother and girlfriend were in attendance to watch him play. They may have needed binoculars, but they were there.

Love’s mother, Anna Love, and girlfriend, Ronika Stone, were shown during the first half of the FOX broadcast of Green Bay’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Erin Andrews noted that they were sitting in “the away team’s appointed seats,” which were in the very last row of Arrowhead Stadium.

It may be true that those are the appointed seats for the road team, but was there really nothing the Packers could do? Surely they could have worked some connections to allow Love’s mother to watch her son without getting a nosebleed. Or, perhaps Anna felt more comfortable being seated in the last row in a hostile road environment.

Stone is also a star athlete, as she was a volleyball player at the University of Oregon. She holds several records at the school.

Love was thrust into a starting role this week after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Since he’s unvaccinated, Rodgers must miss a minimum of 10 days. While the reigning NFL MVP says Joe Rogan has helped him recover quickly, it’s possible he could miss next week’s game as well. Hopefully Love’s mother and girlfriend get some better seats if Love starts again.

Jordan Love gets positive news after suffering shoulder injury

Jordan Love

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, but fortunately it does not sound like anything serious.

Love underwent an MRI on Sunday morning that came back clean, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Love was initially expected to play three quarters in Saturday’s game, but Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Love “kinda got dinged” on a strip-sack late in the second quarter. Love told reporters he felt good after the game, and there never seemed to be any real concern about the injury.

While Love played less than expected, he still made some impressive throws. There was one in particular on third down in the first quarter that stuck out.

Love completed 12-of-17 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. While he is not going to start this season if Aaron Rodgers is healthy, he should have plenty of opportunities in a year or two.

Jordan Love had fans buzzing despite subpar first preseason game

Jordan Love

Jordan Love was all the buzz around the NFL on Saturday night.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback started against the Houston Texans in the first week of the preseason. Love began the game slowly, going 3-and-out on his first two possessions. But on his third possession, he drove the Packers 88 yards for a touchdown.

This 3rd-and-9 conversion where Love showed some nice touch over the middle was the highlight of the drive:

That pass plus the touchdown had people chirping.

Everyone has been curious to know how Love could perform considering this is likely to be Aaron Rodgers’ final season with the Packers. Is he ready to take over? How well would the Packers do with him leading the team?

Though the touchdown drive looked good, the rest of the half did not go well for Green Bay’s offense. They turned the ball over on downs, punted, and lost a fumble before packing it in for halftime.

Love’s final numbers looked good: 12/17 for 122 yards and a touchdown. But the deeper stats were less impressive: only one of Love’s possessions resulted in points. Rodgers shouldn’t worry too much about the threat of Love taking his job anytime soon.

Jordan Love says he is ‘ready’ if needed after impressing in OTAs

It’s still not clear who the Green Bay Packers will have as their quarterback when the regular season starts, but Jordan Love is not shying away from the possibility of it being him.

Love said Wednesday he would be “ready” for Week 1 if called upon to start for any reason, sounding a note of confidence in the process.

Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the quote came after a very impressive day of workouts from Love that saw him impress coaches and media members alike.

It’s worth noting that this performance came on the heels of Love struggling on Tuesday. He’s still very young, and it’s inevitable that there will be ups and downs.

Love has been put in a very awkward spot as Aaron Rodgers publicly feuds with the Packers. It could, however, prove to be just the opportunity Love needs. He seems to be winning over his teammates as well, so if he does have to start, Green Bay may well be comfortable with that.

Packers’ Aaron Jones sees big improvement in Jordan Love

With Aaron Rodgers missing from Green Bay Packers OTAs, Jordan Love is getting the first-team reps at quarterback. According to one teammate, he looks good doing it, too.

Packers running back Aaron Jones praised Love’s development Tuesday, adding that the second-year quarterback appears much more comfortable under center in 2021 compared to 2020.

“You can tell he’s just a lot more comfortable out there, even from communicating in the huddle to the command of the huddle to just everything,” Jones said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “He’s had a year under his belt, he’s had time to watch and learn, so you can tell it’s a little bit different from what it was before. He’s going to continue to grow, and I’m happy to be here working with him.”

Love has had to tune out the noise about his selection, and the lack of communication over it, being the root cause of Rodgers’ unhappiness with the Packers. It seems he’s doing so effectively, winning praise from his head coach as well for the progress he’s making.

It remains to be seen how serious Rodgers is about not playing for Green Bay again. Love would almost certainly get the starting nod if Rodgers isn’t available, and based on the early returns, it might work out decently for the Packers. Still, everyone involved will definitely want Rodgers back in the fold.

Packers coach praises Jordan Love amid Aaron Rodgers drama

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers did not report to organized team activities with the Green Bay Packers this week, but the quarterback they drafted to eventually replace him is in attendance. The youngster has already been quite impressive, according to his coach.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had high praise for Love on Tuesday. He told reporters the former Utah State star seems to have really made progress this offseason and the ball is “jumping out” of his hand.

The Packers traded up to draft Love in the first round last year. Many believe that is the main reason Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, though the reigning NFL MVP denied that when he was interviewed for Kenny Mayne’s last “SportsCenter” appearance on Monday night.

LaFleur was asked about that interview, and he found a clever way to avoid the question.

Rodgers said he is unhappy with the “philosophy” of some members of the Packers. It seems like he wants one person in particular to be fired, but the team is reportedly unwilling to make that move for its franchise QB.

If Rodgers is traded or decides to retire, Love will take over. LaFleur has to prepare for either scenario, so Love’s development is extremely important at the moment.