Aaron Rodgers will make his Jets debut in the preseason finale versus the Giants, according to reports

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will reportedly debut as a New York Jets soon. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

According to multiple reports, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to make his debut during the team’s final preseason game on Saturday against the New York Giants.

NFL fans have seen a lot from Rodgers this season. From being the star of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” to defending offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in the media – he’s been everywhere. Now, it looks like he’ll be moving from the sideline and starting in his first exhibition game since 2018.

Coach Robert Salih made it clear early in training camp that Rodgers would not play in the team’s first three scrimmages. But during a radio appearance, Saleh left the door open for Rodgers to sue the Giants if it appears the starters need more work, according to Jordan Raanan from ESPN.

Rodgers, 39, offered to enter third-year Hackett and Zach Wilson over headphones en route to the team’s 1-2 preseason record. After the Jets’ 13-6 preseason loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night, Saleh said he and his staff would get together about Rodgers playing against the Giants “in the next few days.”

Those conversations have reportedly led to Rodgers being added to the lineup, according to a report Sunday from Brian Costello of New York Post. The news was later confirmed by News agency And the athlete.

Saleh said Rodgers “will definitely be part of the discussion” about his debut, and Rodgers told reporters earlier this month that he was open to playing in the final pre-season match:

“If Rob (Saleh) says, ‘Hey, we’ll go,’ whatever. Let’s do it,” Rodgers said. “Most coaches have this fear where they’d rather go into the first week and then risk it, but I think there’s a chance for the last week.”

When the Green Bay Packers were adjusting to their new receivers last year, Rodgers said he “didn’t see any point” in playing just one series in the preseason. In his new situation, however, he said he would defer to Salih’s judgment.

“If Robert says, ‘Hey, we’ll go quarter, quarter and half or half, whatever, on the last one,’ we’ll do it.”

After 18 years with the Packers, Rodgers reportedly took a pay cut to join the Jets this summer on a two-year, $75 million contract.

He referred to his new opportunity with Gates as a “partnership”. It appears that both parties took this approach in this first decision on his play. Rodgers also played a mentoring role with the players during training camp, potentially even creating an opportunity for Wilson to grow.

Hopefully, his upcoming training camp outing will give the Jets more confidence in his offense ahead of the team’s regular season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11.

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