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Jets’ Aaron Rodgers finds Garrett Wilson for first preseason touchdown

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The New York Jets gave Aaron Rodgers two series in his lone preseason appearance and he delivered – at least on the second one – against the New York Giants on Saturday night.

Rodgers and the Jets offense were bailed out on a third down by a pass interference penalty on Giants cornerback Amani Oruwariye. Two plays later, Rodgers threw a dart to wide receiver Garrett Wilson for a 14-yard touchdown.

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers sets up for a play against the New York Giants, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The four-time NFL MVP was 5-of-8 for 47 yards on his two series and appeared to be more than ready to get the season started.

The Jets acquired Rodgers in the offseason from Green Bay, where he spent 18 years. Rodgers and the Packers had a falling out that led to a trade. 

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws against the New York Giants, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in East Rutherford. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Rodgers brought a plethora of milestones with him to New York. He’s a 10-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and has a Super Bowl ring. He has 59,055 passing yards and 475 touchdown passes in his career. Not only that, he helped the Jets sign a couple of former Packers players in the offseason as well.

New York signed wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb to contracts in the offseason. Head coach Robert Saleh also brought Nathaniel Hackett over to be the offensive coordinator.

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Aaron Rodgers warms up for the preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 26, 2023. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The stars appeared to have aligned for Rodgers to have all the success in 2023. It definitely won’t be easy, but his lone preseason game made it seem he’s geared up to fire on all cylinders.

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