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Rodgers would’ve returned if team was alive, says former Jets WR

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Randall Cobb claims Aaron Rodgers would have returned if the New York Jets were in playoff contention last season

When Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets, there was little question that his teammate Randall Cobb would somehow find his way to New York. Cobb earned a starting spot during training camp and was ready to play another season with his longtime teammate. Yet fate would only allow Rodgers to play four snaps for the Jets in 2023.

Speaking on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast, Cobb spoke about the 2023 season, Rodgers, and how the four-time NFL MVP’s Achilles injury was a heart-wrenching experience.

“Four plays in,” began Cobb. “He [Rodgers] goes down, he goes into the blue tent, they take him back to the locker room … I didn’t know what actually happened at the time. I was asking the trainers and they weren’t giving me anything, they didn’t say anything … Halftime comes around, and as soon as the clock hits zero I go sprint to the locker room. I walk into the training room, and I see him. The moment we locked eyes – I’ve never seen him cry like [how] they were flowing that night. In that moment I was like, ‘Damn.’ It felt like I had lost family, you know what I mean? Like it was like I heard that my brother had died … there was so much emotion in that moment, and we still have to go out and play the second half.”

There’s little doubt that Rodgers’ injury initially sucked the life out of MetLife Stadium. While the Jets won that game in spectacular fashion, the rest of the season was less than stellar – until rumors of Rodgers returning started carrying weight.

“‘I was like, there’s no way. What are we talking about,” Cobb said as he described his reaction to the rumors of Rodgers’ return. “We were seeing him bits and pieces. We didn’t know where he actually was, and we keep hearing this [rumor] … but when he comes back and is actually practicing, I think everyone was like ‘Wait, hold on.’ If we could have won just a couple more games, I really do believe if we were in contention at that point, that he could’ve played. In a wild card game, without a doubt, he would’ve been able to play.”

While hosts Will Compton and Taylor Lewan questioned the former Jets wide receiver’s opinion, Cobb stood firm on his assessment.

“I wish that somebody could pull the practice tape so you could see some of the throws that he was making the last week of practice against the starting defense,” declared Cobb.

Of course, there’s little reason not to expect high praise from Rodgers’ former teammate. Cobb has been to three NFC championship games playing with Rodgers in Green Bay. So when asked if Rodgers was the best player he’s ever been around, the 13-year NFL veteran left no doubt in his answer.

“Without a doubt. It’s not even close,” confirmed Cobb.

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