Mecole Hardman admits Aaron Rodgers news influenced decision to sign with Jets
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Mecole Hardman says he considers the New York Jets "a good situation" for him and noted Aaron Rodgers' rumored arrival also played a part. Hardman, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, won two Super Bowls in Kansas City in his first four seasons there.
After winning it all with the Chiefs this past season, Hardman decided to leave the Chiefs and join the Jets. "I think the Jets was a good situation. I think they got a great foundation here and they got some nice pieces. Allen Lazard, him signing, I think playing aside him, and they got a great second-year player now in Garrett Wilson, who had an absolutely unbelievable year.
Guys with those names, to play alongside them is attractive. Obviously, the news with A-Rod and everything like that, we still don't know what's going on there, but that's something you can think about. Besides that, the Jets itself was like the right fit for me," Hardman said, per the NFL website.
Hardman hopes to elevate his game to a new level
Hardman's speed and quickness are one of the best parts of the wide receiver's his game. But in New York, Hardman hopes to elevate his game to a new level and prove that he can be a danger in situations where speed isn't the deciding factor.
"I think being in this offense and going forward, I probably can show people a little bit more than just the quick game or the jet sweep and actually showing a little bit more of the route tree, catching the ball in the middle of the field or some out-breaking routes or stuff like that just to show a little bit more of my game," Hardman said.
In New York, Hardman will likely have Rodgers as his quarterback. Rodgers agreed to come to New York but the Green Bay Packers have yet to accept a trade offer from the Jets.