It seems that Aaron Rodgers really likes his connection to another No. 17.

Davante Adams’ chemistry with a receiver didn’t find Rodgers last season with the Green Bay Packers, but with the New York Jets, many believed he would quickly seek out 2022 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson as training camp began.

Jets fans got their wish Sunday with some beautiful footwork from both the quarterback and receiver in a red-zone drill that resulted in a Rodgers-to-Wilson touchdown run.


Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets performs drills during training camp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on July 20, 2023 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

It was a classic Rodgers fight from the pocket after executing a game action design from the snap. The Jets’ quarterback rush, an area that flourished in 2022 with a solid defense from Gang Green, was collapsing the pocket when Rodgers stepped up and dove to his right, still looking downfield the whole way.

After faking a bomb, he let it fly and found Wilson in the back of the end zone, but the receiver’s body had to readjust to make this play possible.

Wilson contorted his top half, spinning around his hands to catch, while his bottom half was in perfect position for the toe-tap touchdown.


Fans watching from the stands at the team’s Florham Park facility cheered loudly as they celebrated the score.

This Rodgers-Wilson connection may be in its first chapter, but it’s already producing standout catches and throws that have fans and pundits in awe.

The reason many believed Wilson and Rodgers would build a relationship quickly was because the former fought three different quarterbacks last season and still managed to produce. He had 1,103 yards to lead the Jets and all rookies in receiving with four touchdowns as well.

Garrett Wilson runs route

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson, #17, during team OTAs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on June 9, 2023 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Rodgers developed some chemistry with his rookie receivers in Green Bay, Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, too late in the year, as the Packers ended up missing the playoffs after losing to the Detroit Lions in the final game of the season last year.

It’s not just Wilson that Rodgers will have to throw to this season, as fellow receivers Corey Davis, Mecole Hardman and familiar faces Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are in the wide receiver room. There are also tight ends Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah, while Breece Hall and Michael Carter will work in the backfield.

However, like his previous No. 17 in Green Bay, Rodgers always has his go-to guy on offense who he can count on to make a catch.

Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Wilson together in practice

Garrett Wilson, #17, and Aaron Rodgers, #8 of the New York Jets, walk across the field during an offseason training session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on May 23, 2023 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Elsa/Getty Images)


If this play is any indication of what’s to come this season, Wilson will get his fair share of those opportunities with Rodgers in 2023.