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Jets Team Report: Rodgers Ready To Lead Jets to Promised Land?

The New York Jets dreamed big when addressing subpar quarterback play in recent years by trading for four-time NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers and that dominated the NFL news cycle. Time will tell if that is enough for the Jets to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.

Rodgers brought along some familiar faces in former Green Bay receivers Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard as well as former Kansas City receiver Mecole Hardman being acquired in the offseason.

Jets Team Report: Rodgers Ready To Lead Jets to Promised Land?
L-R) New York Jets team president Hymie Elhai, team owner Christopher Johnson, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, team owner Woody Johnson, and head coach Robert Saleh | Elsa/getty images/afp

The NFL predictions have the Jets seventh in the odds to win the Super Bowl.

When looking at the NFL odds, Rodgers is seventh in the odds to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award.

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It remains to be seen how much Rodgers will play in the preseason games as he usually played sparingly, if at all, in those contests during his time with the Green Bay Packers. Still, all the eyes will be on the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Add in the fact that the Jets were picked to be on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” and a player like Rodgers who is no stranger to generating drama will be in the spotlight even more.

The practices in training camp will give Rodgers a chance to get used to throwing to promising second-year receiver Garrett Wilson and others he has not played with before as the Jets look to make some noise in the very competitive AFC East.

Rodgers’ arrival has had an impact when it comes to the NFL picks for the Jets heading into the season.

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Impact Rookies

Will McDonald was picked 15th overall by the Jets and that marks the second year in a row that a first-round pick was used on a pass rusher. McDonald had a pretty quiet 2022 season at Iowa State with five sacks after he recorded 22 in the previous two seasons. The 235-pound McDonald will join a defense that was seventh in the NFL with 45 sacks a season ago.

According to the NFL lines, McDonald (+1800) is tied for 10th in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds.

The Jets used their next two picks on offensive linemen as Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann was selected in the second round and Pittsburgh tackle Carter Warren was New York’s fourth-round pick. With a quarterback who will turn 40 during the season, it is never a bad idea to add more pass blockers.

Offseason Move that Turned Heads

Let’s think about this for a second. Can there be another choice other than Rodgers?

The hope is that things go better than the last time the Jets acquired a Hall of Fame-bound former Green Bay quarterback.

Brett Favre was 9-7 in his lone season with the Jets in 2008 and he had as many interceptions as touchdown passes. Favre finished his career with two uneventful seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers was named the Associated Press Most Valuable Player after the 2020 and 2021 seasons so he still has some football left to be played. More than anything, Rodgers wants to be a part of another Super Bowl-winning team after a series of disappointing results during his time with the Packers.

As was the case in the trade for Favre, the cost to acquire Rodgers wasn’t too extravagant. The Jets moved down two spots in the first round, a pair of second-round selections while moving up on the third day of the 2023 NFL Draft in the trade for Rodgers.

The Jets had a pretty solid roster before trading for Rodgers. He certainly upgrades what was the team’s weakest position.

The linebacker position might be the one that could use some help. C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams can pile up the tackles but that is hardly the most feared 1-2 tandem in the NFL. The remainder of the linebackers on the Jets roster are 26 or younger with four rookies and three second-year players on board to support Mosley and Williams.

Final Analysis

The Jets will not be boring in 2023, the acquisition of Rodgers made sure of that. Wilson looks like a rising star at receiver and getting a healthy Breece Hall back after he was limited to seven games as a rookie will be pretty important as well.

The Jets added veteran defensive tackle Al Woods and Quinton Jefferson to pair with Williams to help on defense. Fresh off a brilliant rookie season cornerback Sauce Gardner will team with former Ravens safety Chuck Clark in the secondary.

The Jets were just 8-9 against the NFL spreads a season ago. Will the offseason moves change their success rate?

With three of the first four games coming against Buffalo, Dallas, and defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City, it won’t take long to figure out how good this Jets team is going to be this season.

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Training Camp Info

  • Coach: Robert Saleh (third season)
  • Training Camp Reporting Dates: July 19 (Rookies); July 19 (Veterans)
  • First Preseason Game: Aug. 3, Cleveland (at Canton, Ohio)
  • Week 1: Sept. 11, Buffalo
  • Bye: Week 7

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