According to defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, Rodgers — who the Jets acquired in a trade with the Green Bay Packers back in late April — has provided a “whole new youthfulness” to the team and has the rest of the organization “buzzing”.
“The room is buzzing right now—the building is buzzing—and it’s buzzing for a reason,” Thomas added.
“You bring in a solidified Hall of Famer like Aaron Rodgers and it’s going to change some things. His leadership, his knowledge, the way he plays the game—you know he’s going to put up points and you know he’s going to play smart football.”
Given the recent history of the Jets franchise — the team currently owns the longest postseason drought in the league, having not made the playoffs since 2010 — it’s certainly not surprising that the arrival of a four-time MVP has given the team, coaches, staff, and everyone else involved with the organization a boost.
Conversely, Rodgers himself also seems to be energized by the mood as he clearly has spent the last few seasons desperately wanting to get out of Green Bay. Not only is Rodgers glad to be with a new team, but he’s also obviously loving his new city, as he’s been showing up at playoff games and Taylor Swift concerts seemingly every other night.
The bookies are certainly buying into Rodgers’ twilight union with the Jets, as Gang Green currently has the seventh-shortest odds to win next season’s Super Bowl title, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys.
Rodgers’ debut with the Jets will come in a Monday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills on September 11.