Packers: Matt LaFleur highlights Jordan Love’s improvements

Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur spoke about the progress Jordan Love has made at practice.

As a first-round pick who the Green Bay Packers traded up for, and as a potential replacement for Aaron Rodgers in the future, there will be overreactions to Jordan Love’s performances at practice.

If he makes an impressive pass down the sideline, he’s a future Hall-of-Famer. Miss an easy completion and he’s a bust. That’s just the way it goes. But in reality, Love was always going to have a lot to learn in his first couple of seasons and mistakes were guaranteed in his first training camp, especially with no offseason program due to the pandemic.

After Friday’s practice, LaFleur spoke about the improvements Love has made.

“I thought today he was much better,” LaFleur said. “He was more aggressive, I thought he was more decisive, and that’s what we want to continue to see. From a footwork and mechanics standpoint, he’s continuing to impress and get better each and every day.”

Love has had limited time on the practice field and there’s a lot to learn. That was always to be expected.

Patrick Mahomes didn’t enter the league as an MVP. There were even concerns about his interceptions before his first season as a starter. But with time to learn and develop his game, Mahomes became a star.

For Love, LaFleur said it’s about becoming more comfortable over time.

“We’ve just got to slow it down mentally for him because there’s a lot of information,” LaFleur said. “It’s not like we’re holding back the playbook, we’ve thrown everything at him.”

Love will likely be the Packers’ third-string quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers and Tim Boyle this season, and that’s good. He can forget about being called on to win games this year and instead focus on his development, learning from Rodgers and Boyle.

Love needs to keep making improvements to his game over time, and as LaFleur said on Friday, he’s already made a lot of progress.