Aaron Lazard came to the Jets as Aaron Rodgers’ trusted receiver, but the former Packer finally found some needed hookup with Zach Wilson on Sunday night against the Chiefs chemical reaction.
Lazard had just 108 total yards in the Jets’ first three games, but he totaled a game-high three catches in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Jets 61 yards, including the game-tying touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Rodgers attended the game on crutches during pregame warmups and then watched the game from a luxury suite.
Wilson had his strongest game of the season since replacing Rodgers, who tore his left Achilles tendon on his fourth possession of the season against the Bills in Week 1.
The former No. 2 overall pick went 28-for-39 in the game, the most completions in a game of his career, for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Lazard was the scorer, scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 10-yard field goal at midfield with 10:40 left in the third quarter.
Wilson rushed into the end zone to complete the two-point conversion. After trailing 17-0 in the first half, the Jets chased the score to 20-20.
Earlier in that drive, Wilson also connected with Lazard for 12 yards for a first down.
Lazard also had a key 39-yard catch down the right sideline on a drive in the second quarter.
Lazard, 27, was Rodgers’ teammate for five seasons in Green Bay before signing a four-year, $44 million contract with the Jets in March.
With Rodgers out early in the season opener, Lazard didn’t produce much through the first three games of the season, catching just seven catches on 13 targets for 108 yards and no touchdowns.