The Green Bay Packers are already getting used to life without Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback as Jordan Love takes over following the trade from the New York Jets.
The offense as a whole will need to learn the nuances of the game and Love’s cadence under center, but nothing more than the offensive line.
Rodgers has the ability to dissect a defense simply by walking to the line and looking down the field, sometimes leading to multiple line coverage changes. Elgton Jenkins learned that quickly when he entered with the second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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But he also learned how Rodgers treated his linemen and the kind of person he was off the field. That’s why he admitted on NFL Network’s «Good Morning Football» that he will miss Rodgers in the locker room this year.
«Just his presence in the locker room and the things he brings to the game, the experience, all the stories he had to tell and all of that, we will surely miss him in our locker room,» Jenkins explained.
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Rodgers’ impact with the Packers is evident. He’s a four-time MVP quarterback with a Super Bowl ring and a future Hall of Fame résumé that has never dimmed his need to mention that he couldn’t accomplish all of this without good teammates around him.
Sure, Rodgers can be a straight shooter who seems brash at times, but his presence demands a certain amount of execution compared to others in the league.
No one expects Love to carry that kind of weight yet, but Jenkins believes the youngster who calls the signal is ready for his first chance to start in the NFL.
«When he first came into the league, he wasn’t our starter, but the way he walked around the locker room, the way he approached the game, he always approached every game as a starter,» Jenkins said. «So we know he’s a good player and he’s ready to play on Sunday or whenever we play.
«On OTAs, I’ve seen a lot of good things from Jordan, a lot of leadership, he stood out a lot as a leader, so I’m very excited for his future and ready to play with him.»
When you play in a city that refers to itself as «Titletown», expectations are high no matter your level of experience. Jenkins, Love and all the other Packers get it.
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Meanwhile, Rodgers will try to bring his elite level of wins to a Jets team dying to get back to the playoffs and keep the Vince Lombardi for the first time since Super Bowl III when Joe Namath ruled the Big Apple.