3 NY Jets players who benefit from the Aaron Rodgers trade

NY Jets, Aaron Rodgers, Vinny Curry
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With Aaron Rodgers announcing loudly to the world on The Pat McAfee Show his intentions to join the NY Jets in the upcoming season, here is a list of potential Jets that stand to benefit the most.

1. Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets

Garrett Wilson lobbied hard for the Jets to go get Rodgers, taking to Twitter to announce his happiness when rumors leaked that the Jets were in line to get the MVP quarterback. This should come as no surprise.

With far below-average QB play last year, Wilson still posted 83 receptions for over 1,100 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, earning him Offensive Rookie of the Year.

With a former MVP now throwing him passes, the rookie star is in line for a breakout year in his second season with Gang Green. Be on the lookout for a 100-catch campaign, 1,300 yards or more, and double-digit touchdowns from Wilson in his sophomore season.

2. Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets

Another rookie Jets star, Breece Hall posted 463 yards on 5.8 yards per carry and five total touchdowns before tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season in Week 7. Hall was really finding his groove just before his injury tallying 66 yards, 97 yards, 116 yards, and 72 yards in the four weeks pre-injury.

Although set to miss the start of the 2023 season, when Hall returns he has the ability to be a difference-maker in the Jets' new-look offense. With competent QB play, teams will be forced to divert more attention to the wide receivers and tight ends Rodgers is slinging the ball to.

Look for Hall to tear up weak boxes and be a real pass-catching threat in the backfield. Depending on when he can finally suit up, I wouldn't be surprised if Hall tops 1,000 total yards and double-digit touchdowns in his second year.

3. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

This one may seem strange. How would Zach Wilson stand to benefit from Rodgers swooping in to steal his starting QB job? However, I am looking at this differently.

It's been fairly well documented that Rodgers happens to be Wilson's boyhood idol and the former BYU QB modeled his game after the MVP signal caller. Losing your job to your idol softens the blow a little for Wilson, who now gets a year or two to learn behind one of the greats.

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As Mike LaFleur said on his way out the door, Wilson should have learned from the bench behind a veteran to start his career. Well, now he gets that chance. Two seasons of learning behind Rodgers could be just what Wilson needs to turn this around, plus it keeps him out of the spotlight for a little while.