Jets deal with shocking no-show at day one of mandatory minicamp

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8), on injured reserve, pregame against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium
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The New York Jets were expecting their troops to be ready for day one of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but their most important soldier was missing in action.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that Jets superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not attend minicamp for an unexcused reason (h/t Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari):

Aaron Rodgers’ reason for absence from minicamp won’t jeopardize the Jets’ season

Sep 11, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) walks on the field at MetLife Stadium before the game against the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jets are already dealing with star linebacker Haason Reddick holding out due to contract negotiations. Now they add to the absence of perhaps their most crucial defender, Rodgers’ no-show. Jets minicamp will conclude on Thursday. Should Rodgers miss all three days, it could cost him some considerable change. “Rodgers is subject to $16,953, $33,908, and $50,855 in fines for missing all three days, totaling $101,716,” CBS Sports’ Shanna McCarriston highlighted.

The good news is that the four-time NFL MVP did not miss team activities due to injury. He tore his Achilles in Week 1 of the 2023 season and the expectation is that Rodgers will be fully healthy and ready to lead a Super Bowl run for the Jets in 2024.

Rodgers has been getting into the flow of things with teammates throughout the spring

Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb before the game
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Rodgers, the soon-to-be 20-year veteran, has been building camaraderie with New York’s 2024 third-round pick Malachi Corley this offseason. He and the young slot receiver lodged together earlier this year and got a feel for each other’s game. Rodgers has also spoken highly about the potential that he and the group of guys around him have entering the upcoming campaign.

While an absence from minicamp, which is meant to help the roster gel, is not a positive, Jets head coach Robert Saleh did not express major concern as the event the Pro Bowl QB attended may not be a recurring theme as the offseason ramps up heading into the summer.

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