NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers raised some eyebrows with his indication that he could return to play this season following his torn Achilles suffered last month. On Tuesday, Rodgers doubled down on his claim.
The four-time MVP appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and insisted that he was well ahead of schedule in his rehab. He made it clear that, as long as the Jets are "alive and winning," he hopes to play again this season.
"There's nothing normal about how I'm attacking this rehab. There is common practices about six weeks in a boot, and I was in a shoe in like 13 days."- Aaron Rodgers
If Rodgers were to return at any point this season, it would pretty much be an unprecedented recovery for an NFL player. The closest we've seen is probably former Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers, who returned from a torn Achilles in right around six months.
The same doctor who performed Akers' surgery also operated on Rodgers. Rodgers is looking to return in a little over four months if all goes according to plan. It may seem like a long shot, but Rodgers is determined to make it happen.
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Denzel Mims is back in the NFL
Former Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims is back in the NFL after agreeing to join the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad on Tuesday. Mims had been out of work since his release from the Detroit Lions in August.
The Jets traded Mims to the Lions in a swap of conditional 2025 draft picks this past July. He would last less than a month with the Lions before being released due in part to an ankle injury suffered in the summer.
Now, Mims is back in the NFL with a team that has a history of developing young wide receivers. It's a good landing spot for the fourth-year wideout, although Pittsburgh's offense has had its own struggles thus far this season.
Mims has been given another opportunity after failed stints with the Jets and Lions. Only time will tell if he can find a way to stick with the Steelers.
Jets defense on a ridiculous streak
The Jets have one of the best secondaries in the NFL, with arguably the best cornerback trio in football. For that reason, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that their defense has held opposing quarterbacks in check.
Just ask Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw for just 203 yards and two (should've been three) interceptions this past Sunday. Mahomes was just the latest victim in a long line of opposing QBs.
The Jets have now gone 22 consecutive games without allowing a 300-yard passer. The last time a quarterback threw for 300+ yards in a game against the Jets was Week 17 of the 2021 season.
That QB was Tom Brady. Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed weren't even on the Jets' roster yet. Talk about an impressive streak of dominance for the Jets' defense.