Aaron Rodgers Calls Out NFL Insider Dianna Russini For “Character Assassinating” Zach Wilson

On Monday, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini created a quiet a stir among Jets fans when she reported that Zach Wilson was “reluctant” to start for the Jets in fear of injury. Russini added that Aaron Rodgers had to reach out to Wilson to talk him into playing again should the Jets want him to.

On Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers addressed the report during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show and didn’t take kindly in Russini’s reporting, accusing her of “character assassinating” Wilson.

“When you use sources – intentional or unintentional – to try to assassinate someone’s character like that report does for Zach? I have a real hard time with that,” Rodgers said. “You’re basically saying that this kid is quitting on the team and doesn’t want to play and is giving the middle finger to the organization.”

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The Jets cut Tim Boyle on Tuesday and signed Brett Rypien off the Seahawks practice squad. Robert Saleh refused to name a starter when speaking to reporters on Monday so it remains unknown who will start on Sunday for the Jets when they take on the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium.