4 NY Jets players that benefit the most from the Aaron Rodgers trade
By Justin Fried
3. Allen Lazard, WR, NY Jets
Every wide receiver on the Jets' roster will benefit from the arrival of Aaron Rodgers. After seeing what the Jets' receivers were forced to deal with last season, it's impossible to overstate the quarterback upgrade they will receive this year.
But one receiver, in particular, is probably extra happy about the Rodgers trade, and it's someone whose decision to sign with the Jets this offseason was likely influenced by the expected arrival of the four-time MVP.
Allen Lazard is no stranger to catching passes from Rodgers. In fact, the former Iowa State standout has spent the entirety of his five-year NFL career doing just that.
Lazard was Rodgers' de facto WR1 in 2022, and the 27-year-old put together a career season, finishing with 60 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns.
He's been vocal about his positive relationship with Rodgers in the past and is surely ecstatic that his longtime quarterback will be following him to Florham Park. That already-established chemistry could do wonders for Lazard's production with the Jets.
Rather than being designated the No. 1 target in the Jets' offense, Lazard will be a second or third option for Rodgers. Lazard won't have the pressure of carrying the load in the Jets' offense, and he'll still have his favorite quarterback throwing him the ball.
Lazard likely signed with the Jets, at least in part, because he wanted to continue playing alongside Rodgers. Now, his wishes have come to fruition.