Rodgers completes three passes for 23 yards in first series with Jets vs. Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers completed three of his five passes for 23 yards on his first drive in his preseason debut with the New York Jets against the Giants on Saturday night.
Wearing his white No. 8 Jets jersey for the first time in a game, Rodgers jogged onto the field to a nice ovation from the “road” fans at MetLife Stadium in the annual exhibition between the teams that share the stadium as their home.
Rodgers came out throwing immediately, tossing a quick screen to Garrett Wilson for 10 yards — and a personal foul on the Giants' Zyon Gilbert put the ball on the Jets 46-yard line.
Rodgers completed a 14-yard pass to Tyler Conklin on the Jets' second play from scrimmage, but a blindside block by Randall Cobb put the ball back at the 38.
A 6-yard completion to Wilson followed, but Rodgers' first drive ended with two incompletions — the second coming when he avoided newly acquired Isaiah Simmons' sack attempt and threw the ball away.
Jets coach Robert Saleh announced earlier in the week Rodgers would likely play a few series in the team's final tuneup for their regular-season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 11.
The four-time NFL MVP, who hadn't played in the preseason since 2018 while with Green Bay, said he was actually leaning toward asking Saleh to play against the Giants just to get some in-game work with the starters on offense.
“I used to enjoy playing in the preseason back in my younger years,” the 39-year-old Rodgers said Tuesday. “Just to kind of maybe take that first hit or feel the nerves on the first drive, so I look forward to being out there.”
The last preseason game in which Rodgers played was Aug. 16, 2018, when he started and went 2 of 4 for 35 yards and a touchdown in his one series against Pittsburgh.
“There’s always that risk-reward,” Rodgers said of playing in the preseason. “I think over the years, it just hasn’t made sense based on a number of different factors.”
Rodgers was acquired by the Jets from the Packers in April after 18 seasons with Green Bay.
AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl