As Coach LeFleur finishes his press conference on Monday he states that key veterans will not be playing on Saturday.. This is a game focused on getting younger players ready to play. But this first preseason game has a fan draw that should make most fans buy a ticket if they can.
Yes, this will be a full seating stadium experience, a welcome sight to fans that had to tune in during the Covid-19 shutdown. But Covid has nothing to do with the draw to Saturday’s game against the Texans. The draw is Jordan Love. After a summer of cloak and dagger behind the scenes drama Aaron Rodgers is back with the team. While all smiles on the practice field, contract concessions and statements by both Rodgers and the team make it clear the relationship is ephemeral and Jordan Love is management’s hope for the future.
Will the A-Rod party last one more year? Two? Or, can a Kumbaya accord link Rodgers and the front office for years to come? While it seems unlikely, Rodgers seems happy to be wearing the uniform and this team has everything necessary to contend for a championship. Gutekunst and Rodgers may realize they need each other. Or, our recent first round pick from Utah State may play above expectations. For Packer fans, you want draft picks to become stars. If Love can get there, and the Packers keep winning, the hard choices could become win-win scenarios. Whether that premise can become a reality can only be answered on the football field. It all starts Saturday, and this Packer fan can’t wait to watch.