The New York Jets came into the 2023 NFL season as a trendy pick to make it to the Super Bowl.
Following Aaron Rodgers’ tearing of his Achilles in the first game of the season, it’s now unclear if the team will even win its division and make the playoffs.
Former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who also once suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the first game of a hyped season, thinks that the team still has a lot to play for and might see a better performance out of Zach Wilson than some expect.
“I’m still excited about this football team,” Testaverde told ESPN New York. “I thought it was amazing how they came back and won that game after losing their star quarterback and all the high expectations.
“I watched Zach perform in the preseason, I was out at training camp one day to watch them practice. I liked what he did, I liked a lot of the things he did in the game against the Bills on Monday night. If the defense can hold this team together, being as great as they are, give Zach a few more weeks to get more comfortable with the starters and the offense, I think this team’s going to go a long way, and they’re going to shock a lot of people despite the injury to Aaron Rodgers.”
“Maybe it’s because he’s been around Aaron Rodgers for training camp, and he got to learn from one of the best that’s ever played the game, he’s starting to understand and anticipate where to go with the football,” Testaverde said. “He looked like he was in command of the huddle with the team, and that’s important. The other players see that, they gain some confidence as well, so that’s going to go a long way. And that’s why I say I think they’ll have a good shot.”
“Will they win the division? I’m not sure … but I certainly think they can get into the playoffs, and once you get there, there’s no telling who’s going to win the Super Bowl.”
The Jets are a 9.5-point underdog against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.