This should help

This happening could really help the Jets’ chances of having a successful season.

The fact that QB Aaron Rodgers attended all the Jets’ off-season practices could be a boon to them this year. He did miss a couple of practices with a calf injury, but he was still on the field working with teammates on mental reps.

The team’s new QB got a lot of quality work done, getting on the same page with many new teammates.

“The on-the-field stuff was really important as we start to work through some of the adjustments and signals,” Rodgers said recently.

Also, the bonding off-the-field helped as well.

“It made for a lot of opportunities for some get-togethers in the city, obviously Taylor Swift concert, we had some good team dinners and a lot of hangout time, so that was good,” Rodgers said.

They used to call off-season practices “passing camps” because that is the area of football that benefits the most from spring practices sans tackling. These camps, don’t do much for the running game, but can help the timing between quarterbacks and receivers a great deal.

And according to a published report, some with the Packers thought a reason the team struggled out of the gate last year was the QB didn’t attend the Green Bay off-season program, aside from the mandatory minicamp.

“Not surprisingly, the Packers started the 2022 season slowly, with Rodgers struggling to develop chemistry with his new receivers — and often appearing visibly frustrated by the rookies,” Michael Silver wrote for Bally’s Sports. “It was almost worse that Rodgers seemed to turn it on down the stretch, leading Green Bay to four consecutive victories.”

Silver added: “Some of Rodgers’ bosses felt that the late run proved their point — that had the quarterback been so invested from the get-go, the season would have proceeded far differently.”

For those that buy that theory, the fact that Rodgers was so “invested” in the Jets’ off-season program should help the Jets a great deal, especially with a very tough schedule to start the season with opponents like Buffalo, Dallas, Kansas City and Philadelphia in the first six weeks.

All the work Rodgers put in with his new teammates could help the Jets come out of the gate sharper.


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