Jordan Love, after three years, finally enters Week 1 as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Love may have only 83 pass attempts to his credit, but he’s already earned the respect of «everyone» in the locker room.
The Packers left Aaron Rodgers behind after 18 seasons, giving up the clues to their 2020 first-round pick. But no matter what kinds of questions they face, the team is already rooting for Love, says running back AJ Dillon.
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«I think he definitely has all the intangibles. He’s earned the trust of the locker room,» Dillon said. NFL SiriusXM Radio. «The guys respect him. The guys want to play for him. The guys want to help him as much as they want to help themselves. Nothing is perfect in football, everyone knows that. I think he has a lot of support. Everyone would walk through a wall for him. .»
Love has played in 10 career games, starting just once in 2021. Now he’s the man, as Rodgers is a New York Jet.
He’ll have Dillon and Aaron Jones in his backfield with a receiving corps led by sophomore Christian Watson, who proved to be a real weapon after initial struggles.
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Watson dropped the first pass he saw, which would have been perhaps the easiest 75-yard touchdown run one had ever seen. But after fellow rookie Romeo Doubs got the better of him early on, he turned a corner and became a machine.
In his last eight games, he has caught 31 passes for 523 yards and scored eight touchdowns (seven receiving, one rushing). All of that came in a span of five weeks, but he finished the season on a high note with a 104-yard performance.
During Love’s brief playing time, he completed 50 of his 83 passes (60.2%), but 62 of those attempts came two seasons ago. He racked up three touchdown passes against three interceptions.
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The Packers expect déjà vu again. They drafted Rodgers, which ultimately ousted legendary quarterback Brett Favre. The same thing happened with Rodgers and his successor in Love.