With future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers on board, the New York Jets have a very competitive, not to mention a very interesting, roster for the upcoming 2023 season.
Many identified them as a great candidate for the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” which follows one NFL team on and off the field during training camp each season, but head coach Robert Saleh made it clear he’d prefer his team to not be on the series.
Despite his protestation, the Jets were indeed recently selected to be on “Hard Knocks,” but because of their pushback on being chosen, this year’s edition may not have as much interesting material, as the producers will be given less access, per Front Office Sports.
“Hard Knocks will not be the same. They’re not going to be given the same access.”
Adam Schefter warns that due to the Jets’ reluctance to be featured in this year’s ‘Hard Knocks’, the show will feel much different than usual.@MMcCarthyREV explains »https://t.co/tWC1q3nw0t
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) July 17, 2023
In particular, the show will not have access to the team during its process of cutting players during training camp.
One may figure that Rodgers is one of the unhappiest players in the organization when it comes to the decision to feature his team on “Hard Knocks,” and he feels the show has been forced down the Jets’ throats.
On the other hand, the series has been very popular over the years, and this year’s edition could get outstanding ratings, given Rodgers’ presence and the fact that it will feature a contending team from the nation’s biggest media market.
New York will certainly be in the mix for AFC supremacy this coming season, as in addition to Rodgers, they have a defense that was fourth in points and total yards allowed in 2022.
To help ease Rodgers’ transition, the team also brought in wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, both of whom he played with while on the Green Bay Packers.
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