Looking into the Packers' QB situation ahead of 2020
Hardly anyone saw the Packers trading up four spots to select former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
That included veteran starter Aaron Rodgers.
“I think the general reaction at first was surprise, like many people,” Rodgers said on a conference call. “Obviously I’m not going to say that I was, you know, thrilled by the pick necessarily, but the organization is thinking not only about the present but about the future. And I respect that.’’
Love presents an intriguing option for the future, but he could certainly benefit from sitting on the bench for a season before he's ready to become a starter at the next level.
Here's a look into the Packers' quarterback situation heading into the 2020 season.
The 36-year-old hasn't been with a team besides the Packers since they selected him with the 24th overall pick back in 2005 -- and despite the speculation raised about his long-term status with the team after the Packers drafted Love, the team has been emphatic about his place as the starting quarterback.
Rodgers, a two-time MVP, currently holds the best career passer rating in league history and is the fastest to ever throw 350 touchdown passes.
His combination of mobility, accuracy and arm strength has been consistent in a way most other the league's other quarterbacks have been able to compete with.
Regardless of whether or not Rodgers ever leaves the Packers, he'll go down as one of the best players in both team and NFL history.
Love's rare physical gifts have caught the eye of multiple scouts, between his eye-catching over-the-top release, ability to make the deep throw, fit the ball into impossibly tight windows and overall athleticism.
He's a high-risk, high-reward prospect, who some teams may have been wary of because of his 20-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his final season with the Aggies.
What's important to look at in that situation, though, is the fact Love all but had the rug pulled out from under him ahead of that season.
He lost his starting offensive line, strongest running back and top wide receiver on top of his head coach resigning, forcing him to learn a new offense ahead of his final season with the Aggies, which would have a negative impact on any player.
No one is taking the starting job from Aaron Rodgers as long as he's on the roster, and Love is in the position to learn from one of the league's best mentors as the team's potential backup signal-caller.
Of course, Love will also have to beat out Tim Boyle and Jalen Morton to earn the spot on the depth chart directly behind Rogers.
But how long will Rogers, who signed a four-year contract with the Packers in 2018, remain in Green Bay?
That's the most pressing question in all of this, and his predecessor, Brett Favre, doesn't seem to believe he'll stick around through the last days of his career.
“My gut tells me no,” Favre said on the Rich Eisen Show. “I don’t know this for certain, but I guarantee you, it’s got the wheels turning in Aaron’s mind. If that’s the case, then that means there’s a chip on his shoulder toward the organization that otherwise was not there. All he needs is a reason other than this reason to expedite that."