Jordan Love will enter his first preseason when the Green Bay Packers take on the Houston Texans this Saturday. Fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of the first-round quarterback who is supposed to take over for Aaron Rodgers at some point. Don’t expect Love to jump off the page right away, as there will be plenty of growing pains before and likely after he becomes the starter. With Love set to play in his first preseason game, it is important to remember how Rodgers looked in his first preseason back in 2005.
2005 Preseason: Rookie @AaronRodgers12
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) August 11, 2021
This video shows how far Rodgers has come. Over the years, his mechanics went through a drastic change to help turn him into a league MVP. However, there is something mnemonic about these highlights.
Rodgers was a scrappy young quarterback drafted to back up a future Hall of Famer. What else is there to do but play like you have something to prove?
Remember, Rodgers had a chip on his shoulder after falling to 24 in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Just look at his scramble against the New England Patriots and watch as Rodgers gets in the face of a member of their secondary. He was a ball of energy and a feisty one at that. Rodgers did a lot of scrambling that August. In fact, a good portion of the video is him running for his life behind a makeshift offensive line and diving headfirst for a first down.
When Rodgers did have time to throw, he checked the ball down. He took what the defense gave him by dumping it off to a roster longshot. Honestly, longtime Packers fullback William Henderson was of the few recognizable players to catch a pass from Rodgers in the entire video.
In the few instances that the ball traveled more than 10 yards, it was clear Rodgers had an arm. Much like Love, arm talent was never really a question with Rodgers. However, just like Rodgers, it will take Love time to find his groove.
The journey begins Saturday.
Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.