All-Pro wide receiver offers high praise for NY Jets QB Aaron Rodgers

Justin Jefferson believes Aaron Rodgers is a top-two QB in the NFL
Aaron Rodgers, Justin Jefferson
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NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be coming off a down year, but the future Hall of Famer is still clearly held in high regard around the NFL. Just ask All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson recently revealed his ranking of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL during a conversation with Danilo Lacalle, and the Minnesota Vikings wideout listed Rodgers as the second-best QB in football behind only Patrick Mahomes.

Rodgers was listed above the likes of Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, and Josh Allen, who came in at third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, on Jefferson's undoubtedly controversial list.

Of course, Jefferson has plenty of history playing against Rodgers, so he is certainly familiar with him. That said, a sense of familiarity didn't exactly matter when it came to Jefferson's own quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who was notably left off the list.

NY Jets QB Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL

Rodgers battled through an injury-riddled season in 2022 to finish with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions — the most interceptions he had thrown since his first year as a starter in 2008.

It wasn't an easy season for Rodgers, who played through a broken thumb and dealt with a lackluster supporting cast. Despite this, he was still a well above-average quarterback.

The hope and expectation is that Rodgers will bounce back in his first season with the Jets. He's healthy, has an improved supporting cast, and will be reunited with former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

There are reasons to believe Rodgers will return to form in 2023. After all, this is the same player who was named MVP in each of the two prior seasons before 2022. It's not as if he has any shortage of recent success.

The Jets need Rodgers to perform at a high level if they're to make a serious run at the postseason this year. They don't necessarily need him to be a top-two quarterback, as Jefferson insists, but they need him to play like one of the better QBs in the NFL.

Despite his struggles last season, it's clear that many around the NFL still hold Rodgers in high regard. Jefferson's list is proof of that.