With six games remaining in the regular season and Aaron Rodgers potentially returning if they make the playoffs, the Jets must give their prized quarterback a chance to turn his season around. Some may think that they are under a lot of pressure.
Rather, the team is simply excited to have him back in the building.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure,” Solomon Thomas told the Post when asked about added pressure for Rodgers to win in order to return to play. “We obviously want to win. We want to make the playoffs and we want Aaron back whenever he’s ready to play. … We’re definitely excited about the possibility of getting him back. We’re excited to have him back in the building. It couldn’t be more exciting to have a Hall of Fame player in the building for 19 years.”
On Friday, Rodgers practiced at the Jets’ facility at Florham Park.
On a rainy afternoon, he stretched and warmed up.
Across the field, he could be seen throwing a routine 30-yard pass to a teammate.
Quincy Williams has already felt Rodgers’ presence in practice and sees nothing but positives, especially as an extra set of eyes on defense.
“It’s great to have him. The biggest thing is he’s a very energetic person,” Williams told the Post. “In today’s practice, he was just looking at certain keys and things like that, and for him to be able to come back and do that live is huge.”
Since returning to practice this week after suffering a torn Achilles tendon that cost him four snaps against the Bills in Week 1, the quarterback hasn’t ruled anything out of the realm of possibility regarding his target return date.
Nevertheless, for Rodgers to come back, the team has to give him an incentive to come back. And the 4-7 Jets, who rank second-worst in the NFL in yards allowed per game (260.2), will have to go uphill to turn around their production.
Over the next six games, the Jets will face the Falcons, Texans, Dolphins, Commanders, Browns, and finally the Patriots. There are 19 days left to activate Rodgers or rest him for the season.
“I think we just want to win because it’s a blessing and a great thing to have him back,” Tanzel Smart told the Post. “If he comes back, [we want to] Just having these six wins under our belt will definitely allow him to come back. ”