Aaron Rodgers will make is debut as Jets quarterback on Saturday night when Gang Green takes on the New York Giants in the annual preseason tilt at MetLife Stadium.
And for those wondering, yes, we will see the starters for both teams. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Giants plan to start most of their regulars, including quarterback Daniel Jones.
Expect to see most #Giants starters. No Saquon Barkley but Daniel Jones and the rest of his targets will get action. No hard decision going in on how long they’ll play. My sense is if they execute well, they’ll be out of there shortly thereafter. https://t.co/jwG1bUzf1f— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 18, 2023
While the Giants deserve a lot of attention in their own right, especially Jones who will get another opportunity to work with some of the new toys on offense: Darren Waller this means you, most of the media focus will be on Rodgers and the Jets.
Gang Green has been the talk of the town the past five months since Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee Show and said he was coming to New York.
Rodgers looked great in camp but has not played a down in the preseason.
The Jets want to get Rodgers some reps with the first-team offense before the season opener against Buffalo. There will be a special focus on the offensive line, which is fully healthy now after left tackle Duane Brown and guard Lakin Tomlinson returned from injuries. Mekhi Becton, who had a lot of question marks about him, will be at right tackle alongside Alijah Vera-Tucker.
It will be interesting to see how this Jets offensive line handles the Giants pass rush. Protecting Rodgers will be the key to Gang Green’s season. In addition, we’ll get a glimpse of what Rodgers looks like with new weapons like Garret Wilson. Those two hooked up a lot in training camp.
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We probably won’t see any Saquon Barkley on Saturday night, but we will see a lot of Daniel Jones, and how he handles the Jets’ heavy blitz packages.
Daniel Jones on "sharing" a city with Aaron Rodgers: "I don't put a whole lot of thought into that. I'm focused on being the best quarterback for this team that I can be."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 23, 2023
Jones says he has not spoken with Rodgers since he arrived with the Jets pic.twitter.com/LYLuRzfS1Q
The Jets were fourth in total defense last season. It will be fun to watch Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas go up against rookie Will McDonald and/or Jermaine Johnson. How about Quinnen Williams against rookie center John Michael Schmitz Jr.?
This is gonna be fun. And, by the way, these two teams meet for real in Week 8.