Aaron Rodgers was seen as the savior of a New York Jets team that missed the playoffs last season on a six-game losing streak. He was a jolt of energy for an offense with young but talented players like Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall.
Unfortunately, the Jets’ expectations have become a nightmare after the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player left their Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills early. His return is in doubt, leaving Zach Wilson as the team’s starting quarterback for now.
Aaron Rodgers’ injury leaves the window open for Zach Wilson
The much-hyped Monday Night Football game between the Jets and Bills would have featured a quarterback showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen. However, things wouldn’t go according to script after Leonard Floyd sacked Rodgers in the first quarter of their season opener at MetLife Stadium.
Rodgers initially stood up, but left the field shortly afterwards. He was taken to the medical tent before leaving the field. Pardon My Take host Dan “Big Cat” Katz commented on this development:
“No one wants to see Zach Wilson what the f*ck”
Another football fan commented:
“Jets are Jets”
Here are other reactions to Aaron Rodgers’ injury and Zach Wilson’s participation in their game against the Buffalo Bills.
A sideline report from ESPN revealed that Aaron Rodgers suffered an ankle injury. While initial X-rays showed negative results for a fracture, the veteran quarterback was wearing a walking boot and will be out for the game.
The Jets traded for Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers one day before the 2023 NFL Draft. He replaced Zach Wilson, New York’s second overall selection in the 2021 draft.
The plan was for Rodgers to elevate the Jets from fringe to legitimate contenders. His command of the pocket and playmaking ability should improve the team’s chances of ending its playoff drought. Unfortunately, Wilson must immediately apply the wisdom he acquired from the veteran during the offseason.
Aaron Rodgers’ injury revives ghosts of previous Jets seasons
As ESPN’s Joe Buck shared, Rodgers’ ankle injury feels eerily similar to previous injuries to New York Jets quarterbacks.
The New York AFC squad had high expectations for the 1999 season after reaching the AFC Championship Game the previous season.
Unfortunately, starting quarterback Vinny Testaverde suffered a torn Achilles tendon in their season opener against the New England Patriots. They finished the regular season 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
After reaching the Divisional Round last year, they were also optimistic about the 2003 season. Unfortunately, Chad Pennington suffered a season-ending fracture to his left hand during their game against the New York Giants. They finished their 2003 campaign at 6-10.