Jets QB Aaron Rodgers to have no restrictions when OTAs open

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be ready to go when the New York Jets begin OTA practices on May 20.

The four-time MVP, eight months removed from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, will have “no restrictions,” according to coach Robert Saleh.

“Once phase three begins, we don’t anticipate any restrictions on what we can and can’t do with him,” Saleh said Friday at the start of a two-day rookie minicamp.

The third phase, which lasts four weeks and covers 10 practices, is where teams are allowed to do non-contact work, 11 on 11. That Rodgers is participating shouldn’t be a surprise; he practiced on a limited basis during the final month of last season. Still, it’s remarkable, considering the severity of his injury.

“The guy can still throw it,” Saleh said. “Obviously he’s continuing his rehabilitation, but there’s no problem with the trajectory he’s on.”

Even with Rodgers’ return, the Jets won’t be at full strength at quarterback until training camp in late July. Former Florida State star Jordan Travis, drafted last weekend in the fifth round, will not participate in the offseason, but he is expected to be cleared to participate in training camp, Saleh said.

The Jets, who traded 2021 No. 2 pick Zach Wilson to the Denver Broncos before the draft, selected Travis as a developmental prospect who can learn behind Rodgers and new backup Tyrod Taylor.

Travis suffered a gruesome season-ending ankle injury on November 18 against North Alabama, requiring surgery. Travis, who said the draft was a “fucking dream come true,” indicated last weekend that he would speak with Jets coaches before setting a return timetable. On Friday, he rode a stationary bike during part of practice.

Saleh called Travis a “ball of clay” in terms of potential, adding: “He’s an extremely talented young man and extremely gifted, especially athletically. arms and all that good stuff, but he’s a gifted athlete.

In five seasons at Florida State, Travis passed for 8,643 yards and 65 touchdowns, and he finished his career with 17 consecutive victories.

Rodgers was injured on the fourth snap of the season, derailing the Jets’ Super Bowl dream. They ended up starting three other quarterbacks – Wilson, Tim Boyle and Trevor Siemian – and finished 7-10.

The future Hall of Famer vowed to make an unprecedented comeback after the torn Achilles, but he aborted the comeback with three games remaining because the Jets fell out of contention. He returned to practice only 2 and a half months after the operation.

“It’s been a year since he’s been injured,” linebacker CJ Mosley said. “So now the narrative is, ‘Let’s keep Aaron healthy,’ instead of what the first narrative was last year.”

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