You can see the backlash from the Packers Drafting Jordan Love and his first start this Sunday. (1:32).
Jordan Love was worried that he would become the next Green Bay Packers quarterback to test positive for COVID-19 after he and two other Green Bay Packers players tested positive. Love, however, has been negative for COVID-19 each day since Monday and Friday's statement was that he is confident that he is good now.
Love will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, starter Aaron Rodgers (third-stringer) and Kurt Benkert (third-stringer) remain on the reserve/COVID-19 roster. Love spoke Friday, his first since Rodgers' diagnosis. He wore a mask at Lambeau Field as part of extra precautions. Love stated to reporters that he has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Love expressed shock at Rodgers' diagnosis. "Just because Kurt tested positive earlier in week, I kinda figured that something might happen at the quarterback room. Although I wasn't sure what would happen, just hearing it, my first thought was to wonder how things would play out with all the close contacts. This was my first thought. I was just trying to get my head right for this week. But I was prepared and I am confident in myself.
From the moment Rodgers drafted Love in 2020, Love has been the center of organizational chaos. Rodgers was shocked by the decision and spent the offseason pondering possible exit strategies. Rodgers reported to training camp and Love was delayed, but Sunday could have been a preview of Love's ascension.
Matt LaFleur, Packers coach, said Love was "locked in" during practice this week and meetings.
LaFleur stated that he believes he has made a lot of progress, but he is still a work in progress. It'll be an excellent opportunity for him get his feet under him for the first time in meaningful games, since it's the regular-season. It'll be an excellent learning experience for him and I'm excited for the chance."
Love snapped 15 photos at the end the Packers' loss to the New Orleans Saints. He completed 5 of 7 passes for yards of 68 in the fourth quarter. However, Sunday will mark his first regular season appearance with a result in play.
He will be able to bring an important weapon onto the field. Davante Adams, an All-Pro wide receiver, was activated by the Packers from the reserve/COVID-19 lists Friday.
Adams stated that Adams and Adams have not yet played together, so it's difficult to accurately describe the connection. It's new for me, but I look forward to the game's progress.