Tom Brady said on his ‘Let’s Go!’ podcast that Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be “invigorated” this season with the Jets. Rodgers played his first 18 seasons with the Packers before being traded to New York during the offseason.
Brady likes what he’s seeing from Rodgers with his new team: “Looks like he’s having a good time up to this year. I know he has been engaged in the offseason, which is always great, and really trying to connect with his teammates.”
Why Is Brady Optimistic About the Jets?
The Jets went 7-10 last season with Zach Wilson and Mike White at quarterback. Six of the 10 losses were by one score. The team added running back Dalvin Cook last month to go with Breece Hall, whose rookie season ended with a knee injury after seven games. Garrett Wilson had 83 receptions in his rookie season.
Brady on this Jets team:
They have a really good team. They have a really good offense. And, you know, Aaron’s been, when he’s got good receivers, man, it’s pretty dangerous.
The Jets allowed the fourth-fewest points last season in head coach Robert Saleh’s first season. Cornerback Sauce Gardner, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, and linebacker C.J. Mosley made the Pro Bowl — Gardner was the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Why Brady Knows About a New Start
Brady left the New England Patriots after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2020 season.
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Brady led Tampa Bay to the franchise’s second Super Bowl title in his first season. The Buccaneers won three playoff road games, including the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay against Rodgers. In Super Bowl LV, played in Tampa Bay, Brady led the Bucs to a win against the Chiefs.
Why Rodgers’ First Season With the Jets Is Similar to Brady’s Bucs Debut
Both veteran quarterbacks went to teams with top wide receivers. Brady joined forces with Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans; Rodgers has last season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Garrett Wilson. The two appeared to be a potent duo in the only preseason game Rodgers played.
Both quarterbacks had familiar faces with them in their new home. Brady had his former Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, join him in Tampa Bay. Former Packers wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are with Rodgers this season with the Jets.
How Favorable Is the Jets’ Schedule?
The Jets have the the second-hardest schedule this season. Navigating through the AFC East will be a minefield. Last season, the division had two playoff teams, the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins, that returned most of their core players.
The start of the home schedule will be a test for the Jets. Three of the first four home games are against the Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Philadelphia Eagles.