Packers TE On Jordan Love: "I Was Shocked Just Like Everybody Else"

If you were surprised by the Packers trading up to draft Jordan Love, well, so was Marcedes Lewis

Zach Gelb
July 09, 2020 - 8:41 am
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The Green Bay Packers shocked the NFL world on draft night, trading up to take Utah State quarterback prospect Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick. 

Many analysts assumed the Packers were trading up to draft another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Instead, they took his eventual replacement.

“I was shocked just like everybody else was, but they don’t pay me to be the GM,” Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis said on The Zach Gelb Show. “The biggest thing is that we all come together. At some point, we’ll meet everybody and try to get to this championship and win this thing. That’s all I’m really focused on.”

Rodgers, 36, is a Super Bowl champion, a Super Bowl MVP, and a two-time NFL MVP. Lewis is confident in Rodgers’ ability to not let Love’s selection become a distraction.

“You just let it go,” Lewis said. “The things that you can’t control is water off a duck’s back. Do the best job that you can to control the things that you can control, and let the universe do the rest. Aaron is a grown man. You don’t think he’s ever had to deal with things like that? Whether it be distractions, adversity, it doesn’t matter what it is. He’s a grown man. He is where he is a for a reason. I’m not worried about it.”

The Packers had a middle-of-the-pack offense last season. They ranked 18th in total offense, 15th in rushing offense, 17th in passing offense, and 15th in scoring offense (23.5 points per game). Is this unit Super Bowl-caliber?

“I think we were a Super Bowl-caliber type of offense last year, and we just got better,” Lewis said. “We have the talent to do it. It’s focusing in on the details. You know how it is in football. The margin for error is very small. The parity in this league is very good. Everybody’s good. It’s going to be the details and what you do when you’re not in the building. Are you studying? Are you getting sleep? Are you eating right? That’s what it’s going to depend on.”

The Packers drafted Boston College running back prospect A.J. Dillon in the second round. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in a suddenly crowded backfield. As for wide receivers, Allen Lazard remains the second option behind Pro Bowler Davante Adams.

“We’ll be fine,” Lewis said. “We’ll be able to tote the rock a little more, marry up our passing game with our run game. I’m not worried at all.”