The New York Jets’ offseason trade acquisition of four-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XLV MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers meant the franchise was going to receive its largest spotlight in team history. As expected, the lights are bright along Broadway for Gang Green as the NFL placed them in a maximum six prime-time games, the most in a single season in Jets history.
As of Wednesday, their spotlight hit maximum wattage with Rodgers’ Jets set to be featured as this year’s HBO’s “Hard Knocks” team. That means they will be followed around by HBO and NFL Films’ camera crews throughout the ramp-up to the 2023 NFL season.
Here’s what we know so far about the league’s preseason reality television show just six days away from the start of the New York Jets training camp on July 19. The show itself typically airs from the beginning of August through the end of the preseason. Below, we’ll run through how the Jets became the “Hard Knocks” team, how they and people around the league feel about their selection, players and coaches to watch, and how “Hard Knocks” teams of years’ past have fared once the real football season kicked off.
How Jets were selected to be 2023 ‘Hard Knocks’ team
Essentially every NFL team subscribes to the belief that they “need to limit distractions.” That means most franchises aren’t doing cartwheels or jumping up and down with their hands in the air like it was time to be chosen for recess basketball teams in elementary school.
With that in mind, the NFL put together three exemptions that allowed teams to avoid selection starting back in 2014: a team with a first-year head coach, a team that has made the postseason in one of the last two prior seasons or a team that has been featured on “Hard Knocks” within the last decade. This offseason, there were four teams that couldn’t use any of those three criteria to opt out of being chosen — the New York Jets (obviously),…
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Author : Garrett Podell
Publish date : 2023-07-13 21:39:19
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