Packers Morning Buzz: David Bakhtiari surprised Green Bay moved up to draft Jordan Love
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with this from Ryan Wood on David Bakhtiari, who said Tuesday in a Zoom call with the media that he was “indifferent” when the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor in the first round of the April draft. But there was one aspect of the move that surprised the veteran left tackle.
It’s not that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst selected Jordan Love, the quarterback out of Utah State, with his first-round pick. That Gutekunst traded up four spots in the first round to select Love? Bakhtiari wouldn’t have predicted that.
“My goal throughout my career,” Bakhtiari said, “is always to look at this as to not let my emotions get the best of me in a business setting. To understand, yeah, I do know we play a game, but it’s a business at the end of the day. I was more shocked that they traded up. How I feel about the pick doesn’t really matter because I’m not in charge of building of the roster. So I don’t think whatever my point is, my job is to protect the quarterback and open up holes in the running game and do my job and make sure I’m out there on Sundays. That’s what my job title is, so I try to do that to the best of my ability and only control what I can control.”
Bakhtiari believes his quarterback will do the same. Although this offseason has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Bakhtiari has been able to train with Rodgers. He said the two-time MVP remains as fiercely competitive as ever.
“We were out there running around today on our conditioning day, and the guy’s still got his wheels," Bakhtiari said. "I’m proud of him on that end. We still compete. I know that fire still burns in him deep. He still will in his own way make sure that he’ll still try to win in every facet. He’s the most competitive person I’ve met, and yes, I always expect the most out of him, because I know that he can – at least for my expectations – that he can deliver on that end.”
You can read more from Wood on Bakhtiari here:
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