AFC East: Ranking the QBs — Bills on top; Pats best back-ups

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No. 2: New York Jets

Strength: Experience of Aaron Rodgers. Jets' cornerback D.J. Reed proclaims the atmosphere  is "lit" in New York, and Rodgers is the one lighting it up. Rodgers is already telling stories from his Green Bay days to motivate players. Rodgers has the experience and still has enough skill to make the Jets AFC East contenders. Although his passing rating declined from 87.0 in 2021 to 75.9 in 2022, moving to New York and teaming with 2022 offensive rookie of the year Garrett Wilson, along with Mecole Hardman and the ex-Packer posse of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, should rejuvenate Rodgers.

WeaknessInadequate back-ups.  It’s hard, okay, impossible, at this point to believe in Zach Wilson even if he does make some very nice throws at OTAs. Under live-game pressure, Wilson doesn’t do so well. CBS Sports called Wilson "the worst QB in football when pressured" and noted that he had, as of October 31, 2022, completed only 19.4% of passes when pressured.

X-Factor: Age of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers turns 40 on December 2, 2023. Will Rodgers continue to regress or was last year just an aberration? Rodgers may not lead the Jets to the Super Bowl but I think it’s more likely he experiences the Tom Brady-like rejuvenation in New York than the Brett Favre-like decline.