- Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
GREEN BAY, Wis. – It took less than 13 hours for the
(Green Bay Packers) ‘quarterback of the future to connect with the quarterback of the present.
Jordan Love , the Green Bay Packers’ first-round pick in the NFL draft , told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on Friday that he and Aaron Rodgers had a good first interaction.
“Yeah, I was able to talk with him earlier,” Love said. “You know, really good guy. [He was] Just congratulating me, and I was just letting him know that I was excited to be able to work with him.”
(A source said Rodgers initiated the conversation.
Love, the th pick in the draft after the Packers traded up to choose him, is viewed as the eventual replacement for Rodgers, though general manager Brian Gutekunst initially said that touting Love as the future franchise quarterback is “probably not fair. I don’t think you can put that on him right now.”
Rodgers has yet to comment publicly on the Packers’ decision to draft a quarterback in the first round just months after they completed a 3 season that ended one game short of the Super Bowl and during an offseason in which many thought the Packers would get Rodgers a weapon or two – specifically a receiver – early in the draft. The Packers picked Boston College running back AJ Dillon
- in the second round, but that could be for an eventual replacement for Aaron Jones , who’s heading into the last year of his contract.
- Some took Rodgers ‘silence on social media as a statement on his feelings about the pick, but a perusal of Rodgers’ social media accounts from the past two years showed no posts about previous draft picks.
Love told Taylor that he plans to study Rodgers closely.
“It’s a lot of things to be able to learn,” he said. “I’m just gonna take it step by step. Just trying to get behind him, learn everything he’s doing and understand the process.”
- Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer
Covered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 2013 – 04