Green Bay, Wes. Zach Wilson has studied Aaron Rogers for years.But on Wednesday, he stepped on the field with the Hall of Fame of the future and had to remind himself that he was no longer just a fan in Utah but one of Rogers’ teammates.
“We’re all technically on the same level now, we’re all in the NFL, but we’re all kind of like, ‘This is Aaron Rogers, this is kind of crazy.'” The best tool is to just learn from him and see what he is doing. “
The Jets and Packers came together on Wednesday for one of two joint modes that included their pre-season game at Lambio Field on Saturday. Rogers Wilson was a favorite player when he was growing up and with whom he was compared.
Wilson and Rogers were on the opposite field for most of Wednesday’s practice, with Jackets ‘offense facing the Packers’ defense and vice versa. The two met to chat during special team periods.
“Zach is a good kid,” Rogers said. “It was fun to watch. I had to talk to him at different times during the off-season. It’s good to keep these guys inside. I know the coach. [Robert] Saleh played against him for a while, of course, several times.
Rogers not only spoke to Wilson, but also the backs of quarterbacks Mike White, James Morgan and Josh Johnson, and Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFlour, the brother of Rogers head coach Matt LaFlour.
Since the Jets operate a similar offensive system, Rogers asked about the Jets’ play calls to see what equipment is there and give them some clues.
“I wanted to talk to Mike and Zack a little bit about the operation,” Rogers said. “Obviously, I’ve been around a long time and called my own two minutes over the years, over a decade. So, I wanted to give them a couple of things to think about. [Mike LaFleur is] First time coordinator [Wilson is] First time beginner. There are only a few things in the operation that I felt I could help.
“It’s the best thing about it, just to see the other guys you know and it’s fun to meet and talk.”
Rogers and Wilson have spoken on the phone before. Rogers tried to recruit Wilson into his agency last year when Wilson was hiring an agent. Rogers said he talked a few times this off-season.
“He’s a good man,” Wilson said. “He came to me. I’ve talked to him before and he’s got a lot of information. He’s a smart friend. He knows what’s going on there. It’s good to ask him about Fitwork.” What’s going on in the field, what he’s watching. If I can spend more time with him and just keep asking questions, I’ll do it.
Wilson said he would watch a film by Rogers on Wednesday about defending the Jets. Part of the practice, which involved Wilson Rogers on the same field, was a two-minute drill at the end of the exercise. Rogers separated the Jets’ defense and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Marcos Valdes-Scantling with no defender.
“I would say the biggest thing I picked up was the two-minute drill, how calm and collected it was,” Wilson said. “He’s out there, like he’s walking around, playing backyard football. He’s having a good time and he’s doing it.
So which part of Rogers’ game would you like to duplicate?
“It’s difficult,” Wilson said. “Obviously, the way he throws the ball is amazing, but I wouldn’t say it’s something you need to be as successful as he is. All I can say is that the way he understands the game, what is happening, the way he is able to change things, lift things and still be calm is very impressive.