There’s no need to stress the impact of Aaron Rodgers not being in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room this season.
But his replacement, Jordan Love, will try to mitigate that as best he can on and off the field.
Rodgers’ record earned him a great deal of respect from his team and the entire NFL. When he stepped onto the field to go on offense, his teammates around him understood it was time to give it their all, and the defensemen felt the same, knowing it was going to be hard to stop him.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Now, the Packers hope Love steps in and is exactly like Rodgers, but he’ll need to lead a pack, lead through adversity and do everything that goes into playing the toughest position in the game.
The Packers’ front office is confident that spending three years under Rodgers has prepared Love for this moment. After all, they did the same thing to Rodgers before Brett Favre ended up in a New York Jets uniform, too.
«It’s exciting,» Love told reporters on Pro Football Talk on Wednesday. «I think there’s a lot of energy around me. I think I can step up and be a little more expressive knowing that I’m the guy, not the backup.»
PACKERS’ MATT LAFLEUR’S TEMPERED EXPECTATIONS FOR QB JORDAN LOVE WHEN HE TAKES AARON RODGERS’ REPLACEMENT
Love believes he has «drastically improved» since joining the Packers and works with Rodgers every day in practice. Even Rodgers praised Love’s work ethic and believes he made a big step last season.
While only getting time in four games, Love was 14-for-21 with a touchdown and 195 passing yards, displaying a strong arm and poise in the pocket.
He only has one start under his belt though, as it came in 2021 against the Kansas City Chiefs with Rodgers out. He was 19-for-34 with a touchdown and an interception in a 13-7 loss.
The Utah State product will have more than enough opportunities to prove he can win as a starter in the NFL, and he’s saying all the right things as he drives to training camp, showing he’s ready to take the next step in his young career.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
They are certainly big shoes to fill.