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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback | #5

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 2 (51) / NYJ
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Jets coach Todd Bowles blamed Christian Hackenberg's poor showing in Saturday's preseason loss to the Lions on poor blocking by the offensive line.
Hackenberg was predictably awful, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards before bowing out at halftime. The Penn State alum has made shockingly little progress since arriving as a second-round pick last season, though Bowles said Saturday's clunker wasn't his fault. "They really didn’t give him a chance," he said. "I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that." Adding to the dysfunction, likely Week 1 starter Josh McCown was instructed not to speak with reporters after Saturday's game. The Jets are a hot mess in all facets. Aug 20 - 10:14 AM

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Christian Hackenberg started Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, completing 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards.

Hackenberg was removed at halftime. Named a "surprise" starter by coach Todd Bowles, Hackenberg played jaw-droppingly bad football worthy of sympathy. He took two thundering sacks and let a ball squib out of his hand, "generating" -3 yards of passing offense. His "completions" were a pair of checkdowns to Bilal Powell. It's true that Hackenberg received zero help from his offensive line or "weapons," but once again, he looked completely lost on the preseason field. The Jets hid Hackenberg, a second-round pick, as a rookie because he wasn't ready. The year in mothballs did nothing to make him better, or counter his awful college film. The Jets have an albatross of a pick on their hands. It's frankly inexcusable considering Hackenberg's résumé coming out of Penn State.
Aug 19 - 8:58 PM

Jets OC John Morton has called Christian Hackenberg "basically a rookie."

That's because the Jets were scared to even give Hackenberg reps in practice during his actual rookie season. Morton went on to say it's "too early to tell" when Hackenberg might be ready to start a regular season game. The Jets did their best to hide Hackenberg behind easy throws in last week's preseason opener, but the offense failed to produce any points across his eight drives. Hackenberg hasn't been good since his freshman year at Penn State in 2013. That seems unlikely to change this season.
Aug 15 - 3:08 PM

Christian Hackenberg completed 18-of-25 passes for 127 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in Saturday's preseason opener.

Hackenberg checked in after one series, and played deep into the second half. Extremely few of his snaps came behind the Jets' first-team offensive line. The Jets made it clear early their main goal was to build Hackenberg's confidence, calling safe plays. Hackenberg avoided big mistakes, but also failed to make anything of note happen. His 5.01 yards per attempt was positively Gabbert-ian. All in all, considering the lack of talent on the field with Hackenberg, it was an inconclusive game. Hackenberg isn't in the mix to start Week 1. That job still belongs to Josh McCown.
Aug 12 - 9:56 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets' "top priority" with Christian Hackenberg this summer has been to "gradually build (his) confidence."

Hackenberg has mostly been working with the 2s. The team apparently believes he's best served by racking up some layups against the second-team defense. Per columnist Manish Mehta, the "prevailing sentiment" is that Hackenberg is still holding onto the ball too long. Whichever way you look at it, it's hard to classify Hack's sophomore summer as promising, or what the Jets need to see. He'll be on the spot Saturday night against the Titans.
Aug 10 - 1:53 PM

Christian Hackenberg received six reps with the first-team offense during Monday's practice.

It is the largest opportunity Hackenberg has been given with the first-team so far in camp, and coach Todd Bowles suggested it will not be a one-time event. "It’s possible," Bowles said of Hackenberg continuing to see work with the starters. "It’s the second week of camp. We’ll rotate them and evaluate them as we see fit." Josh McCown remains the favorite to start, but Hackenberg will almost certainly get his chance at some point this season.
Aug 8 - 10:19 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said Christian Hackenberg made "good progress" this offseason.

The sophomore has been working with QBs coach Jeremy Bates to correct some of his mechanical flaws, and the MMQB's Albert Breer reported the Jets were happy with Hackenberg's progress following the offseason program. Still, Maccagnan said he is eager to see how the quarterback performs during the preseason. Even if Josh McCown wins the job Week 1, the smart money is on Hackenberg making starts this year.
Jul 31 - 11:15 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Jets are happy with Christian Hackenberg's progress as he attempts to overhaul his footwork.

Hackenberg has been working with QBs coach Jeremy Bates to clean up some of his issues, and while he is not consistent enough yet, he is making progress. ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Hackenberg was "a little better than expected" in the offseason program while Josh McCown "wasn't quite as sharp as anticipated." That at least cracks the door for Hackenberg to win the starting job in camp, but it is still very likely McCown is under center come Week 1. Even so, the safe money is on Hackenberg making starts at some point this year.
Source: MMQB
Jun 29 - 9:21 AM

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets' quarterback gap "isn't as wide as we thought."

Per Cimini, Christian Hackenberg has performed "a little better than expected" while Josh McCown "wasn't quite as sharp as anticipated" at the team's offseason practices. McCown is still in the driver's seat to start Week 1 but Cimini wouldn't characterize his lead as "insurmountable." Through minicamp, Bryce Petty finds himself a distant third on the team's QB depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 3:20 PM

NJ.com reports Christian Hackenberg appeared "improved" in OTAs, but "still doesn't look good."

Per reporter Connor Hughes, Hackenberg's footwork was improved on his calamitous rookie year, but he still missed "far too many passes against air." Highlighting Hack's inaccuracy, Hughes reports "in the three media-open OTAs, Hackenberg hit reporters with passes twice." Unfathomable. The Jets' selection of Hackenberg at No. 51 overall in 2016 seemed like a wasted pick from the second it was made. Nothing in the ensuing 13 months has changed that perception.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 8 - 5:11 PM

Jets OC John Morton said each quarterback will get equal reps with the first-team offense during OTAs.

That was not the case on the first day of OTAs when Christian Hackenberg worked exclusively on the second field with Josh McCown running the ones and Bryce Petty switching between the two. Hackenberg will get his chance at some point, however, and Morton said all three have a "great opportunity."
May 23 - 1:04 PM

Christian Hackenberg is working behind both Josh McCown and Bryce Petty during OTAs.

Considering it is the first practice of OTAs and the calendar has yet to flip to June, this means next to nothing. Still, this will be one of the most written about battles of the offseason, and it is good to know where each player stands at the beginning. For now, it looks like Hackenberg is bringing up the rear.
May 23 - 11:22 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini spoke to a scout who was "taken aback" by how many "off-target" passes Christian Hackenberg threw in pregame warmups last season.

Hackenberg didn't see the field as a rookie, telling given his second-round draft status and the miserable play of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty. The Jets are having an open competition at quarterback, but Hackenberg is a long shot to overtake Josh McCown and Petty. New York's decision to draft Hackenberg 51st overall was one of the worst picks in recent memory.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 8:58 AM

Christian Hackenberg said he is "more comfortable" heading into his second season.

"Without a doubt, I think there’s a different level of confidence," Hackenberg said. "More comfortable in the situation, more comfortable walking in the building, more comfortable with the guys in the locker room, in the huddle." Hackenberg added he is not focusing on the competition for the starting job but rather the things he "can control." Josh McCown looks like the favorite to start right now, but the safe money is on Hackenberg seeing the field at some point in 2017.
May 16 - 9:11 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said all three of his quarterbacks will get first-team reps in the offseason program.

After not drafting a quarterback, the Jets will enter the season with Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty atop the depth chart. The order of those three is to be determined, however, and Bowles said he will use the offseason program to choose the pecking order. "That will determine itself in OTAs and the spring, going forward, how we line up in the summer," Bowles said. McCown is the favorite to start Week 1, but his inability to stay healthy the last several seasons means Hackenberg will almost certainly make starts this year.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 8:54 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Christian Hackenberg
3Bryce Petty
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Elijah McGuire
4Jordan Todman
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
2Anthony Firkser
WR11Robby Anderson
2Chad Hansen
3Jalin Marshall
4Marquess Wilson
5Kenbrell Thompkins
WR21ArDarius Stewart
2Charone Peake
3Chris Harper
4Myles White
5Frankie Hammond
WR31Charone Peake
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
4Jason Vander Laan
5Chris Gragg
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Javarius Leamon
3Chris Bordelon
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
3Jeff Adams
4Ben Braden
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
3Alex Balducci
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brandon Shell
3Brent Qvale
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin