Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;   New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) throws against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers tosses TD in Jets preseason debut

Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Garrett Wilson on a pitch-and-catch touchdown in his first action in a New York Jets uniform on Saturday.

Rodgers quarterbacked the first two offensive possessions of the Jets’ preseason finale against the host New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 47 yards, three of his completions going to Wilson, last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

After the Jets’ first drive ended in a punt, Rodgers guided them on a four-play, 52-yard scoring drive aided by a 22-yard defensive pass interference penalty. Rodgers completed a 10-yard pass to Mecole Hardman before throwing a fade to his left for Wilson, resulting in a 14-yard touchdown.

After the Jets tacked on a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brandin Echols, they sat Rodgers for backup Zach Wilson.

Rodgers took snaps in the preseason for the first time since Aug. 16, 2018, with the Green Bay Packers. The Jets acquired Rodgers from the Packers this offseason after the four-time MVP spent his first 18 NFL seasons in Green Bay.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets introduce all three of their 2022 first-round NFL Draft picks. Garrett Wilson during a press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ on Friday April 29, 2022.

Jets 1st Round Draft Picks 2022

Report: Jets sign 10th overall pick WR Garrett Wilson

The New York Jets agreed to a $20.55 million rookie deal with wide receiver Garrett Wilson on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

The four-year, fully guaranteed contract for the 10th overall pick out of Ohio State means the Jets have signed all three of their first-round selections.

Wilson, 21, posted 10 100-yard receiving games over three seasons with the Buckeyes, including each of his final three games in 2021.

The two-time All-Big Ten selection caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns in 34 games (19 starts) from 2019-21.

New York previously signed cornerback Ahmad Gardner (No. 4 overall pick) and linebacker Jermaine Johnson (No. 26) to rookie contracts.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Garrett Wilson (5), Chris Olave (2) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) take the the field for the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Ohio State Buckeyes At Michigan Wolverines

WRs Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave among Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opt-outs

Ohio State will play without a pair of top-tier wide receivers in the Rose Bowl, as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave opted out of the game, coach Ryan Day announced Monday.

Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett also opted out for the Buckeyes’ bowl game against Utah.

Wilson, a junior, declared early for the NFL Draft. He and Olave are both projected to be early-round selections.

Wilson caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State, while Olave had 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes still will have leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has hauled in 80 catches for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season.

–Field Level Media