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Aaron Rodgers is a force to be reckoned with and his teammates on the Jets seem to have taken notice. Since joining the team in April this year, Rodgers has already made quite an impression on his teammates, with many noting the positive changes he has brought to their locker room. The NY Jets culture is changing.
“The room is buzzing right now — the building is buzzing — and it’s buzzing for a reason,” Thomas said during a press conference. “You bring in a solidified Hall of Famer like Aaron Rodgers and it’s going to change some things. His leadership, his knowledge, the way he plays the game — you know he’s going to put up points and you know he’s going to play smart football. It brings a whole new youthfulness around this team, even for the vets.”
Rodgers has an impressive career with the Packers, where he played for 18 years and won four MVP awards and a Super Bowl championship in 2011. His arrival in New York has brought about a new level of enthusiasm and confidence that is palpable in the locker room.
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This is in contrast to the team’s previous quarterback, Zach Wilson, who struggled last season and eventually lost his starting position to Mike White. The lack of belief in Wilson was evident, with players openly lobbying for Rodgers to join the team on social media.
With Rodgers now officially part of the Jets’ roster, there is no longer any quarterback controversy. Instead, the team can focus on the task at hand and build a better future. Rodgers has been seen bonding with his new teammates all over New York City, even sitting courtside at a Knicks playoff game with cornerback Sauce Gardner.
Thomas, who was also a top draft pick, is confident that Rodgers’ talent and leadership will lead the Jets to success in the upcoming NFL season. As for Rodgers, he seems to be settling in quite nicely with his new team, and his impact on the Jets’ locker room is already apparent.