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Jets HC Robert Saleh Addresses Aaron Rodgers ‘Wishlist’ Narrative

Since the New York Jets became linked as Aaron Rodgers’ primary trade location, rumors of a “wishlist” of desired players to sign became the talk.

The chatter followed the Jets even after acquiring Rodgers as the Jets have inked his former teammates wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb along with offensive tackle Billy Turner and quarterback Tim Boyle.

Head coach Robert Saleh has addressed the discussion once again, attempting to silence that notion.


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“It’s very common for new faces to want old faces, to come in and help accelerate the installation of an entire program,” Saleh said at the start of rookie minicamp via ESPN. “Everything is pinned on the quarterback. It’s not just him.

“[Offensive coordinator Nathaniel] Hackett has something to say about it. He loves Lazard, he loves Randall. He took Billy Turner with him to Denver, and he wanted him here. Of course, you’re going to surround a coach with people who he feels like will plant the flag.

“That whole narrative — what people are trying to put on the quarterback — it’s tired. It’s common practice in the NFL.”

The Jets are certainly bringing on familiar faces around Rodgers, but there are other factors at play. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett spent time with the Packers where he worked with each of these players.

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However, it’s hard not to look at these moves as helping Rodgers to gather more familiarity and comfort playing for the Jets. If New York hopes to achieve sustained success, it will fall on their star quarterback’s shoulders.

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