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Aaron Rodgers is making his mark at the New York Jets already despite only joining the team in a blockbuster trade from the Green Bay Packers last week. In return for the 39-year-old four-time NFL MVP, the Packers received the 13th overall pick, a 2023 second-round pick at No43, a sixth-round pick at No207 and a conditional second round pick that becomes a first if the quarterback plays 65 percent of snaps.
Rodgers was then presented to the New York media at Jets press conference on Wednesday, where he stated his intentions to help the NFL franchise win its first Super Bowl since the late 60s. The one-time Super Bowl winner also revealed the motivation behind wanting a trade to the Jets, including reuniting with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who he grew a bond with while working together at the Packers.
And despite having not practiced with his new team yet, the NFL veteran is getting stuck in early doors. Rodgers is extremely vocal in discussions and meetings on the offense’s direction for the upcoming 2023/24 season.
“We’re a really, really young team, especially on offense, and just to watch him and Nathaniel [Hackett] and the way they communicate together, he’s already made his presence felt with regards to meetings and input, just discussions on all of the different things we’re trying to get accomplished on offense,” coach Robert Saleh said.
“He’s a tremendous human, first and foremost, Aaron is. Just listening to him, there are little, subtle things I’m not going to get into, but he definitely cares about people and you can tell in the way he speaks to people. So we’re really fortunate that he’s here.”
Although the Jets didn’t get Rodgers a new offensive weapon with their first-round pick in last Thursday’s NFL Draft, they did pick up a pass rusher in Will McDonald IV of Iowa State. McDonald comes from Wisconsin, the home state of Green Bay, and grew up watching the veteran throw. The Jets’ second-round pickup in center Joe Tippmann is also a massive Rodgers fan and is looking forward to playing with him.
“I mean, it’s an awesome feeling, especially knowing somebody as a seasoned veteran like him,” Tippmann said. “I just feel like there’s so much opportunity there for me to learn from him and it would be a dream to be able to play with him and those dreams are coming true.”
Rodgers has, however, been fired a warning by NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan about the NYC media, who he says operate on a “guilty until proven innocent” basis. “I don’t know if Aaron Rodgers and the media [will fit],” Strahan said while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
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“I don’t know if Aaron Rodgers and the media [will fit]. The media here is kind of like guilty until proven innocent. They don’t like you — you have to make them like you and I think he comes in already off darkness retreat, so they’re gonna be like, ‘You know, this guy…’
“I think they’re gonna probably try to give him a little bit of benefit of the doubt, but they’re looking. So it’s gonna be interesting to see how he handles the media because they can’t be tamed here in New York, they’re tough.”
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