GREEN BAY – Jordan Love had himself a day.
His best day in a Packers uniform, almost certainly.
Wednesday’s second practice of minicamp at Clarke Hinkle Field turned into the Love show as last year’s first-round draft pick found some rhythm and confidence early, carried it through several 11-on-11 periods, and finished with a successful two-minute drill.
Amidst the drama surrounding quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ absence from the offseason program and his conflict with the front office, Love has taken all the first-team snaps (and then some) since OTAs began two weeks ago.
The progress he’s making truly showed up Wednesday.
“He needs every rep he can get right now,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said earlier this week. “He’s a young quarterback that was not afforded a preseason last year, so we’ll give him as many as he can handle.
“Every rep that he takes is so valuable, and he can learn something from both the good and the bad.”
In the earlier OTA sessions, Love was visibly hesitant and methodical working through his progressions in the passing game, often taking easy check-down throws.
In Tuesday’s first minicamp practice, he was more decisive and playing with better timing, but the accuracy on his passes wasn’t reliable.
On Wednesday, it all appeared to come together more, starting with a bullet to Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a comeback route on his first 11-on-11 throw.
From there, he hit running backs AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones on deep routes from the backfield, connected with Juwann Winfree on crossing, corner and out routes, and took advantage of a free play with the defense offside to find Allen Lazard deep down the middle tightly covered by two defenders.
The positive reaction from his offensive teammates grew louder as practice wore on, and at one point, assistant coaches were fanning the young QB to cool him down.