Packers' Jordan Love 'More Comfortable' in Year 2 OTAs, Aaron Jones Says

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 29, 2021

Green Bay Packers' Jordan Love practices before an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov 1. 2020, between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones provided a positive outlook on second-year quarterback Jordan Love on Saturday.

According to ProFootballTalk's Michael David Smith, Jones praised Love for how he has progressed at OTAs compared to this time last year when he was a rookie:

"You can tell he's a lot more comfortable out there. From communicating in the huddle to the command of the huddle, everything. 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 than it was before. He's going to continue to grow and I'm happy to be here working with him."

Love was a first-round pick by the Packers in the 2020 NFL draft, and he may be in line to take over as the starter this season with the disgruntled Aaron Rodgers yet to report to the team.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in April that Rodgers is unhappy in Green Bay and told some members of the Packers organization that he no longer wants to play for the franchise.

The decision to select Love in the first round of the 2020 draft without informing him first is reportedly one of the biggest points of contention between Rodgers and the Packers.

Packers President Mark Murphy recently acknowledged the situation in an article for the team's official website, and wrote that the Packers are "committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond."

Green Bay is under no obligation to trade Rodgers since he is under contract through 2023, but the veteran signal-caller could opt to sit out for the 2021 season or perhaps even retire rather than playing for the Packers again.

If the reigning NFL MVP does not play for Green Bay in 2021, then all signs point to the starting job belonging to Love.

Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert are the only other quarterbacks on the Packers roster, and since they were only signed recently, they likely aren't threats to ascend above Love on the depth chart.

Love did not play a single snap last season, but the Packers coaching staff and front office clearly think highly of him if they were willing to use a first-round pick to acquire him.

He largely struggled during his final collegiate season at Utah State, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, but he put up huge numbers the year before.

As a sophomore, Love completed 64.0 percent of his attempts for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and only six picks while also rushing for seven scores.

If Love can channel what he did in 2018, he has a chance to be a highly successful quarterback in the NFL.

Filling the enormous shoes of a future Hall of Famer in Rodgers won't be easy, but Jones' comments suggest Love is gaining confidence, which is a positive development entering the 2021 campaign.