New York Jets co-owner Woody Johnson compared Aaron Rodgers suffering a major injury to having his arm cut off.
Johnson made that comment in part because of his feelings about Zach Wilson, and Johnson said the team didn’t have a backup quarterback last season.
In last offseason’s blockbuster trade, Rodgers was dealt from the Packers to the Jets, supplanting Wilson as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. That was less than two years after New York selected Wilson with the second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Last spring and summer were filled with fanfare about the four-time MVP and how the addition of Rodgers took the Jets from an average team to Super Bowl contenders.
Rodgers’ first year as a Jet lasted four plays, as he tore his Achilles tendon during the team’s first offensive possession of the season.
After appearing on ‘Hard Knocks’ and many expectations, Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon
Johnson, left, has thrown his full support behind Rodgers and away from Wilson in New York.
Wilson replaced Rodgers and led New York to a Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The good times were not here to stay, as Wilson only started 11 games for the Jets in 2023. He was benched after a Week 11 loss to Buffalo for Trevor Siemian and Tim Boyle.
Wilson is still under contract with the team, while Rodgers turned 40 in December and remained in the headlines with weekly rants on ‘The Pat McAfee Show.’
‘What does it feel like to have your arm cut off?’ Johnson said of the pain of seeing Rodgers injured.
“I think there will be a lot of excitement because Aaron came back and spent a lot of time with the guys on the bench even though he wasn’t playing, which shows how much he cares about the players,” Woody’s wife said. said Suzanne Johnson.
“And I think they feel a great kinship with him because of the fact that he’s there and he guided them,” Suzanne added.
Johnson spoke to reporters in Las Vegas this week about the future of the Jets, which he owns.
Then came questions about the Jets’ overall roster and the team’s needs. Woody Johnson did everything he could to shoot Wilson.
“We need a backup quarterback, we didn’t have one last year,” Johnson said.
Even at Rodgers’ age, it looks like New York will go Rodgers’ way. Wilson seems to have as little support as ever from the team he plays for.