Since this is the first time that Jets fans have had legitimate hopes of success prior to the start of an NFL season in over ten years, it’s understandable that the fan base wants Rodgers wrapped in cotton wool until the season starts, especially after he sustained a “little pinky toe” injury.
Luckily, according to head coach Robert Saleh, “he’s all right” and that “he saw it and knew he was fine.”
As for that aforementioned hope that Jets fans are feeling heading into the season, it’s because Rodgers has made the team a legitimate Super Bowl contender since the days of Rex Ryan over a decade ago.
With about a month to go until their first game of the 2023 campaign, the Jets currently have the seventh-shortest odds to lift the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVIII, which trails only the Kansas City Chiefs (the defending champions), Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys.
While the Jets have already been in training camp for over two weeks due to their participation in the Hall of Fame game, there are reports that they’re still active in the market, as they hosted free agent running back Dalvin Cook for a visit and are also reportedly keeping tabs on Ezekiel Elliot.
The Jets’ first “real” preseason game will take place this Saturday against the Carolina Panthers, which will then be followed by exhibitions against the Tampa Bay Bucs and New York Giants on the following two Saturdays.
Rodgers and the rest of Gang Green will then kick off their 2023 season with a Monday Night Football matchup against Josh Allen and Buffalo Bills, who have won the AFC East for the last three years, on September 11.