Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers
Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Getty Images.

During his weekly appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show,” the Jets’ quarterback spoke about his recovery and the team’s offensive struggles.

Another Aaron Rodgers Tuesday has come and gone.

Appearing on his weekly spot on “The Pat McAfee Show,” the star New York Jets quarterback spoke about the Jets’ offense and the latest steps in his recovery.

Rodgers reiterated that he is “not healthy” and “not ready” to return to the field yet. He then detailed where he is at in the recovery process.

“We’re in an 8-12 week window where the tendon is really healing well. It’s also a little bit of a danger zone, and we’ve gotta be really careful. Obviously, that eight-to-twelve weeks is relative compared to a normal healing process and compared to the way that we’ve attacked it, but we’re still a little bit ways off,” said Rodgers.

“I have to hit markers, I have to get on the practice field, and then they have to open up the window for me to come back from IR. There’s a lot of things that I have to do before I can get back on the football field.”

The quarterback also addressed his postgame comments to Derwin James, stating that they were made “tongue-in-cheek” and that it’s “not anywhere near a realistic timeline.”

Rodgers also said that he hopes to return in “a few fortnights,” which would be at least four-to-six weeks based on the definition of the term.

When asked about the offensive struggles, Rodgers said he likes being the “voice of calm” for the offense and “giving suggestions” to the unit. The quarterback also gave his thoughts on why the struggles are happening.

“It sucks when we have a poor performance on offense like that because I know what we’re capable of; I know how we’ve been practicing. I know the kind of talent we have, and it’s not coming together consistently, and that’s why we’re struggling. I mean 191 yards of offense (by the Chargers), and we lose by three scores is a pretty wild thing to happen,” said Rodgers

“It just comes down to situational football. We’ve been bad on third down and bad in the red zone. When you’re bad on third down, you’re not going to keep drives going. When you’re bad in the red zone, you’re only getting field goals. It’s the same shit: It comes to execution and the little things and everyone doing their job.”

Compared to the past few weeks, nothing has changed regarding Rodgers’s recovery. The quarterback is improving week after week and is getting closer to returning to game action.

Yet, the team’s struggles on offense are a concern in terms of a possible Rodgers return. They have the potential to derail a promising season led by the defense and special teams. Scoring a touchdown or less a game will not beat the worst opponents the Jets face, let alone the better teams remaining on their schedule.

The Jets must figure out a way to be more productive on offense in the coming weeks. Otherwise, the season has a high chance of slipping away, along with the possibility of Aaron Rodgers returning this season.

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Brandon Pokrass
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2023, with a Communications Degree, a concentration in Multimedia Journalism, and a minor in Broadcasting. Wrote for Jets Insider for two years, previously hosted a Knicks podcast for Let's Talk Knicks, and currently contributes to Inside the Iggles. Avid movie watcher, gym goer, music listener, and MMA fan.
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