Get ready to see even more from Aaron Rodgers before he makes his official debut with the New York Jets.
The Jets have been selected to be on the upcoming season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” ESPN reported on Wednesday.
While teams can volunteer to participate in the program, it doesn’t seem like a team has stepped up to do so this season. The decision of which team would be in “Hard Knocks” came much later than usual (for reference, the Detroit Lions were announced as the team selected for “Hard Knocks” in March of last year).
As months passed without a team volunteering, it seemed likely that the Jets would be chosen for the program since they met the required guidelines. The NFL can force a team to make the program if it doesn’t have a first-year coach, hasn’t made the playoffs in the last two years, and hasn’t been on the program in the last 10 seasons. The Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Washington Commanders were the other three teams that met those guidelines.
The Jets’ acquisition of Rodgers following a promising 2022 season made them the most intriguing option among those four teams in the eyes of many. However, Jets coach Robert Saleh made it clear that his team did not want to be on the program.
“I know there are a number of teams that would love to have ‘Hard Knocks’ in their building,” Saleh told reporters in June. “We’re just not one of them.”
Of the last 10 teams that participated in the traditional version of “Hard Knocks”, four of them made the playoffs later that season. The Jets appeared on the show in 2010. The team went 11-5 that season and made the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Jets are scheduled to open training camp on July 19 and will play in the 2023 Hall of Fame Game on August 3.
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