Jordan Travis makes bold prediction about NY Jets future despite long odds

Travis has eyes on big things
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The NY Jets were expected by many to select a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft to gain some depth after the Aaron Rodgers injury debacle, and Joe Douglas stated those fans' desires with the addition of Florida State dynamo Jordan Travis at the end of the fifth round.

The fact Travis was the eighth quarterback off the board despite size concerns and a serious leg injury that could sideline him until training camp shows just how much the Jets believe in his abilities. However, in a perfect world, Travis would remain in street clothes for the remainder of his rookie season.

Travis could start his career as the No. 3 quarterback behind Rodgers and veteran free agent signing Tyrod Taylor, possibly overtaking Taylor at some point before the end of his contract. However, Travis has higher ambitions, even saying he has thought about the idea of succeeding Rodgers as the team's starting quarterback.

"I do think about that a lot," Travis said at rookie minicamp. "But right now, I'm just focused on where my feet are, just getting healthy and getting everybody around me better, being a great teammate." Travis doesn't want to be boastful, but he didn't come to New York to hold a clipboard forever in his mind.

Jordan Travis thinks about following Aaron Rodgers with the NY Jets

Travis is a 24-year-old rookie who spent six years in college. However, his last two seasons at Florida State were special. Travis threw for just under 6,000 yards with 44 touchdowns and seven interceptions in those seasons, adding 693 yards and 14 touchdowns running the ball.

Travis may have played with a future NFL running back (Trey Benson) and two pro-level wideouts (Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson), but the Jets are believing in his mobility, arm, and daring style. Travis has more than enough arm talent to stick in the pros, and he has NFL-ready mobility and accuracy on intermediate throws.

The Jets will likely try to move on to a more experienced option if the Rodgers era ends early, but Travis has a chance to impress the team enough to warrant some extra responsibility. If nothing else, Taylor could lose his backup job if Travis' arm becomes too impressive to stick on the taxi squad.

Travis is already 24 years old, meaning the clock is already ticking on his developmental timeline. Travis knows he needs to make the most of his chance with the Jets, be it one rookie contract or a long-term deal as the main man under center.