Can Aaron Rodgers Return This Year?

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Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is seeking a comeback before the conclusion of the 2023 season. The team has the longest playoff drought of any team in the NFL and are in need the QB’s services ASAP. During an interview with NBC’s Melissa Stark, Rodgers disclosed his target return date, set for “mid-December” in a game against the New York Jets. This would be a huge move, especially after suffering a torn Achilles in the first quarter of the Jets’ Week 1 matchup.

There's no escaping Jets' Zach Wilson reality

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The New York Jets’ offense has been underwhelming so far. Zach Wilson became the first quarterback to throw 250 yards or more yards in back-to-back games, with his team failing to score a touchdown in either game. The team has a 4-5 record after nine games, placing them two games behind the final AFC playoff spot. The Jets had a lot of hype entering the season. While the season is not going as they expected, their defense has stepped up.

“I thought he did all right, ya know? Obviously, a couple of plays I’m sure he wants back. I thought the linebacker made an unbelievable play on the interception. I thought [Wilson] moved around the pocket well, he picked up some good yards with his legs. We were converting third downs, I think at the best rate that we’ve been converting,” Jets head coach, Saleh said.

On the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers said, “It’s going to be a process of small gains every day. Hopefully, there’s a chance to have that conversation, but obviously, we gotta be in the mix. But more than that, I have to be able to be healthy to protect myself and have strength in all of the throwing positions.”

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Running back Cam Akers is the only football player to return from this type of injury within a calendar year. Until then, Zach Wilson will carry on as the Jets’ starting quarterback for. The 2021 draft’s second overall pick is completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,460 yards, with only four touchdowns and four interceptions. If New York’s offense could get touchdowns instead of field goals, they could make a run until Rodgers returns.

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