Aaron Rodgers ranks outside the top five in passing yards. His 23 passing touchdowns and 97.2 passer rating have him outside the top 10.
And yet, the Jets defense knows what the legendary Packers quarterback is capable of.
"Man, I guarantee that No. 12, 'A-Rod,' whatever you want to call him, he will be there,'' Jets safety Jamal Adams said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, ahead of Sunday's matchup against Green Bay. "He will be at MetLife. He's coming to play. Man, that guy, he can sit back in the pocket with no legs and have one shoulder and throw the ball. He's amazing.''
The 5-8-1 Packers may be eliminated from playoff contention and Rodgers may be having a down season relative to the past, however Adams and the Jets know they would be foolish to take him lightly.
"There's no weakness to Aaron Rodgers,'' Adams said. "We've got to bring our 'A' game, because that guy can tear a defense apart by himself.''
The 35-year-old Rodgers, who has totaled 3,974 passing yards this season, is dealing with a groin injury and has struggled of late, only topping 300 passing yards once in his last eight games. However, he's been sacked 44 times, the fifth-most in the league this season, and the Jets would be anxious to get a chance to attack Rodgers and the Packers' weak offensive line.
"If you're out there playing against a guy like Aaron Rodgers, everybody's watching, so it's an opportunity for you to make a name for yourself,'' linebacker Brandon Copeland said. "You're not going to get a chance to face a talent like that very often.''
Added defensive end Henry Anderson: "As a defensive player, you always love going against the best of the best -- dudes like Rodgers and [Tom] Brady -- you always cherish that chance."
It's been a while since Rodgers last faced the Jets -- Sept. 14, 2014, to be exact. He outdueled Geno Smith by throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns against Rex Ryan's defense as Green Bay overcame a 21-3 second-quarter deficit to win 31-24.
Safe to say, the 2018 Jets are looking forward to the challenge.
"I'm a competitor, man, of course I'm excited,'' Adams said. "He's a hell of a quarterback. I'm a big fan of Aaron Rodgers. I'm excited to face him and talk some noise with him. You can tell he's a hell of a competitor. He knows he's the best. Man, I love competing against the best.''