September 27, 2021

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Behind Aaron Rodgers, top backup competition…

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Behind Aaron Rodgers, top backup competition...

Countdown to Camp is a series of stories that’ll examine the Packers’ roster, position by position, leading up to training camp. The first installment features the quarterbacks.

GREEN BAY – For the first time in five years, the Packers drafted a quarterback.

For the first time in 15 years, they used a first-round pick to do so.

Back then, there was no question Aaron Rodgers would begin his rookie season as Brett Favre’s top backup. This is different.

The coronavirus pandemic, which limited the offseason to virtual meetings only with no on-field work, and which threatens to shorten if not eliminate preseason games this summer, could make it exceedingly challenging for first-round pick Jordan Love to beat out third-year pro Tim Boyle for the No. 2 QB job behind Rodgers.

At a minimum, the situation practically assures the Packers will keep all three on their roster to begin the regular season.

Love’s selection in late April, which General Manager Brian Gutekunst traded up to make, is the Packers’ biggest personnel story of the offseason, but it may not be much of a story at all as 2020 unfolds.

Gutekunst made it clear on draft night that Rodgers remains Green Bay’s QB for the foreseeable future. He’s under contract for four more years while Love admittedly has a lot to learn at the pro level.

Moreover, there’s genuine excitement to see just what Rodgers can do in his second season in Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s system after the two-time MVP had to learn a new offensive scheme for the first time in over a decade as an NFL starter.

Despite the arduous transition and a receiving corps that never established a true No. 2 threat, Rodgers topped 4,000 passing yards for the eighth time in his career, posted a solid 95.4 passer rating and threw just four interceptions in leading the Packers to a 13-3 record plus one playoff victory.

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