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Aaron Rodgers Mentors Jordan Love During Drill At Green Bay Packers Training Camp

Aug 20, 2020, 4:47 PM
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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers participates in a drill as Jordan Love #10 looks on during Green Bay Packers Training Camp at Lambeau Field on August 20, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared some advice and coached up former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love during a training camp drill.

On Thursday, August 20, Rodgers, Love, and the rest of the Packers took the field at Lambeau Field for the team’s fifth practice of the fall.

Local Green Bay reporter John Doran posted a video on social media of Rodgers mentoring the rookie from Utah State on a throwing drill. In the video, Love missed the intended target on the drill.

Rodgers proceeded to show Love his throwing motion before executing the drill to perfection.

Green Bay selected Love with the 26th overall pick during the first round of April’s 2020 NFL Draft.

He officially signed with the Packers on July 1.

Green Bay is scheduled to open the 2020 season against a division rival in the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 13 at 11 a.m. (MDT).

Aaron Rodgers On Packers Drafting Jordan Love

In April, the Packers picked the former Utah State quarterback with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Rodgers has previously said that he was surprised and not necessarily thrilled after the Packers drafted Love.

“I was watching the draft… and I think the general reaction at first was surprised,” Rodgers told reporters in May. “I think like many people you know obviously, not gonna say I was thrilled by the pick necessarily but I understand. The organization is thinking not only about the present but about the future and I respect that. You know, I understand their focus and their mindset. Obviously they thought that he was such a great talent that they needed to go up and get him. So you know, like I said, generally surprised but you know it’s what those guys are paid to do. To put together a roster for now and for the future as well.”

Rodgers continued by saying that the Packers’ decision to draft Love was “truly something” out of his control. The 16-year veteran said that if the timetable for him to retire from the NFL doesn’t align with Green Bay’s schedule for Love, Rodgers could see himself playing for another organization.

“You can only control what you can control and it’s always been a mantra for myself and I think any great athlete. There’s just things that are out of our control,” Rodgers said. “That’s obviously something that’s very important to me but I think is definitely telling at this point that is truly something that is out of my control. What I can control is how I play and making that decision at some point a very hard one. If I were to retire on the organization’s timetable then it’s an easy decision but if there comes a time where I still feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great then there’s other guys who have gone on and played elsewhere.”

Jordan Love’s Utah State Career

Love joined Utah State’s program as a freshman in 2016. USU was the only FBS school to offer Love a scholarship after his career at Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California.

During his first year in Logan, the quarterback sat out as a redshirt.

In 2017, the redshirt-freshman QB played in 12 games including six starts to close out the season. He ended the year completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,631 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Love set a Utah State record for most passing yards by a freshman in a season.

As a sophomore in 2018, Love had a breakout season. The quarterback completed 64.0 percent of his throws for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He recorded the 10th best passing efficiency (158.3) in the country and threw for the eighth-most passing touchdowns in the nation.

Love’s junior season at Utah State had its ups and downs. Former Utah State head coach Matt Wells left Logan for Texas Tech at the end of 2018 and former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen was hired for a second time to lead the Aggies. Andersen and his staff maintained the previous staff’s offense with Love returning at quarterback. However, the Aggies lost a number of weapons from the 2018 season.

Despite those losses, the Utah State quarterback still recorded a completion percentage of 61.9 percent during his final season in Logan. He threw for 3,402 yards and 20 touchdowns but posted 17 interceptions. Love also set USU single-season school records in both completions and attempts.

In December 2019, Love announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

He ended his Aggies career with Utah State records of 9,003 yards of total offense and 12 career 300-yard passing games.

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