After months, extra like years, of hypothesis that the Packers and longtime quarterback Aaron Rodgers have been headed for a divorce, Inexperienced Bay lastly pulled off the Band-Assist following a disappointing 8-9 season and dealt the 39-year-old to the New York Jets.
Since then, each side have taken refined pictures at each other, however the Packers appear pretty joyful to have moved on from Rodgers. Coach Matt LaFleur and basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst have each expressed confidence in Jordan Love, who shall be stepping in because the starter in Inexperienced Bay after largely driving the bench for the Packers after being drafted in 2020. Love began one recreation for the Packers when unvaccinated Rodgers was misplaced to COVID-19 and it didn’t go properly (19-of-34 passes for 190 yards, one landing and one interception in a loss), but it surely’s cheap to count on extra from the Utah State product as he continues to get reps beneath middle.
“He believes in himself, he cares about all people round him and we’ve seen him simply are available constantly and simply work, work, work,” mentioned Inexperienced Bay operating again Aaron Jones mentioned, by way of Packers.com. “He did it the precise method, he waited his time and also you by no means heard one peep or grievance out of him. He has everybody’s full respect and we’re all going to go lay it out on the road for him.”
If Love falters, rookie QB Sean Clifford is ready within the wings and for some purpose the ex-Penn State quarterback has the blessing of Rodgers.
Clifford who already has Rodgers’s locker, was gifted a framed, signed jersey from the longtime Packer along with a pair of pictures of the one-time Tremendous Bowl winner. Rodgers additionally included a message of assist for Clifford, a fifth-round draft choose. “Sean – Welcome to GB! Take pleasure in that nice metropolis and my locker,” Rodgers wrote on the jersey.
It’s a pleasant gesture from Rodgers, but it surely additionally makes it appear as if he nonetheless hasn’t actually gotten over his departure from Inexperienced Bay and totally embraced being the savior of a New York Jets franchise that hasn’t gained a playoff recreation in additional than a decade.
If the Jets wind up on the upcoming season of Arduous Knocks on HBO — and we must always all be hoping that they do — count on that to be one of many main storylines together with the emergence of second-year cornerback Sauce Gardner as an NFL star.
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