Jets insider makes painfully obvious claim about hyped 2024 draft pick

The Jets know this rookie will be on the bench quite often
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While the NY Jets decided to use a fifth-round pick on Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the team has also been very upfront about the fact that he is not going to play in the 2024 season barring some truly calamitous injury luck (read: what happened last year).

Not only is Rodgers ready to lead the Jets in their postseason chase for the next few seasons, but New York invested heavily in a high-end backup quarterback by signing Tyrod Taylor to a two-year contract. Travis will be locked in as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

While Travis himself seems to believe in his ability to become the eventual successor to Rodgers, Rich Cimini of ESPN poured some cold water on any sort of Travis hype. The Jets may not have such grand ambitions for him, as he was likely picked with an eye on eventually turning him into a sterling reserve.

"Travis is not expected to play in 2024," Cimini said (ESPN+ required). "Everything about the decision to pick him was based on the long term. The Jets are hopeful that Travis will be back on the field for training camp, but the plan is to have him sit and learn from Aaron Rodgers and Tyrod Taylor."

NY Jets have more realistic expectations for Jordan Travis in 2024

Travis threw for 44 touchdowns against just seven interceptions during his final two seasons at Florida State while rushing for an extra 14 touchdowns. Travis' stock was assuredly impacted by an injury that robbed the Seminoles of a College Football playoff bid.

While Travis was distributing the ball to multiple NFL players like Keon Coleman, Trey Benson, and Johnny Wilson in college, the Seminoles star flexed enough playmaking out of structure and accuracy down the field to warrant being picked as a developmental piece.

Even if Rodgers were to leave the Jets during the span of Travis' rookie contract, the Jets would likely either draft a replacement high or sign another veteran who can help them compete. Travis' ceiling is that of a high-end backup or low-end starter, and the Jets would be foolish to operate otherwise until he proves it.

Travis has shown at every turn he can ride pure hard work to get the most out of himself, but it will take several developmental hurdles for him to become a quarterback who can eventually become a plus starter in this league.