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The Similar Paths For Packers Jordan Love & Aaron Rodgers

All eyes will be on Jordan Love, as it will be his first season as starting quarterback for the Packers. He will get the chance to show the Packers if he is the franchise quarterback for the future.

When you look at how the Packers developed Jordan Love, it seems like they used the same formula they did on Aaron Rodgers in his first three years. That doesn’t mean that Love will become Aaron Rodgers, but hopefully he can be a very solid quarterback. Here is how Love’s situation in 2023 is similar to Rodgers’ in 2008.

First-Round Buzz

Aaron Rodgers was predicted to be the first-overall pick in 2005. He fell due to teams feeling he was not ready to start right away, and landed right in the Packers lap. Jordan Love on the other hand was not predicted to go first overall, but he had a lot of first round buzz surrounding him.

Need For Development

When watching Rodgers in college the talent and potential was there. However, throwing him into the fire day one was not the best idea. Coming to the Packers, who were not a bad team and had good coaching really was the best thing for Rodgers. The same is true with Love, as he has a very high ceiling and all of the tools to be successful in the NFL, but was a very raw quarterback and needed to go to the right team.

Tom Clements

One big similarity to Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love is quarterback coach Tom Clements. Clements should be very high considered to be in the Packers Hall of Fame. Before Rodgers and Love, he helped Brett Favre have one of his best statistical seasons as a Packer in 2006.

Aaron Rodgers Had His Doubters & Was Under Pressure

When Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback for the Packers he was under a lot of pressure. He had big shoes to fill in Brett Favre, who took the Packers back to the promise land for the first time since Bart Starr. As for Jordan Love, he is in a much similar situation. He has to fill the shoes of Rodgers. Now no one is expecting him to be better than Aaron Rodgers. However, he has to carry the winning tradition that Rodgers kept going in his time with the Packers. 

Surrounded With Weapons

Aaron Rodgers has had a lot of weapons in his career. Jordan Love in his first season as a starter has some very promising young talent around him. His top guy will be Christian Watson, who led all rookie WRs in touchdowns last season and could have won offensive rookie of the year if he stayed healthy.

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