Packers' Jordan Love Not Concerned About Aaron Rodgers Talk: 'It Is What It Is'

Blake SchusterAnalyst IJuly 1, 2020

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love works out at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. After turning heads last month at the Senior Bowl, Love delivered with another impressive workout Thursday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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As the initial shock of the Green Bay Packers selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft has worn off, the talk of Jordan Love taking over the offense from Aaron Rodgers has also calmed down. 

The No. 26 overall pick said he's not thinking about the club's long-term plans at the position, either.

"I mean I haven't looked too much into it," Love told John Doran of Fox 11. "Obviously, I hear my friends talk about it all the time and all that, but I don't look into it. It is what it is."

Aside from not being able to meet and practice with his teammates because of the pandemic, Love has been spending his offseason the way most rookies do: studying the playbook as much as he can, lifting weights and attending virtual meetings.

So far, that process seems to be connecting with the Utah State product.

"I definitely feel like I'm a good fit for the offense," Love said. "Just seeing the plays they run, the actions and whatnot. I think it's a really good fit for me."

Those virtual meetings are just about the only time Love has talked with Rodgers. The two have yet to meet face to face, though Rodgers did reach out in April to congratulate Love on becoming a first-rounder. 

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Rodgers, 36, is still under contract in Green Bay through the 2023 season thanks to a four-year, $134 million extension he signed in 2018. That deal will see him earn $21.6 million this season, $22.0 million in 2021 and then jump to $25.5 million in the final two years.

It took three years after Rodgers was drafted with the No. 24 overall pick in 2005 before he made his first start. Green Bay continued to give Brett Favre every opportunity to play until it could no longer deny Rodgers the job, allowing him to appear in just seven games and attempt 35 passes in his first three seasons. 

It's unclear if Love will be subject to the same grooming period. He doesn't appear to be trying to rush that process—at least publicly. 

"Really nothing changed after the draft," Love said. "I was still at home, just a weird feeling. Then I got the playbook, so it's just been meetings and whatnot with the team. That's pretty much been it, that and training."

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