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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
Contract: view contract details

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The Jets declared QB Christian Hackenberg, OL Brian Winters, WR Chad Hansen, TE Eric Tomlinson, CB Derrick Jones, TE Jordan Leggett and S Rontez Miles inactive for Week 3 against the Dolphins.
Bryce Petty is ahead of Hackenberg for the No. 2 QB spot, and the Jets will likely stick with Josh McCown in the short term. Sep 24 - 11:51 AM

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Jets declared QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, LB Bruce Carter, OL Jonotthan Harrison, TE Eric Tomlinson and TE Jordan Leggett inactive for Week 2 against the Raiders.

Hackenberg was the No. 2 quarterback last week, but this week it'll be Bryce Petty. Needless to say, Hackenberg has quite the uphill climb on his hands.
Sep 17 - 2:51 PM

Christian Hackenberg is listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the Jets' official depth chart.

Arguably the worst quarterback on the field for any team this preseason, Hackenberg left the Jets no choice but to go with Bryce Petty behind Josh McCown. 22-year-old Hackenberg hasn't made a lick of progress since the Jets laughably made him the No. 51 overall pick of last year's draft. Even with that being the case, McCown and Petty both have a propensity for injury, meaning Hackenberg could see live action this season.
Sep 5 - 1:17 PM

Christian Hackenberg completed 12-of-22 passes for 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Jets' third preseason game.

It was another faceplant from Hackenberg after a disastrous showing last week. He continued to look completely lost on the field, with both his interceptions resulting in pick sixes. His touchdown came only after he re-entered the game in the dying minutes following a Bryce Petty knee injury. Hackenberg "led" the Jets to three punts, a safety, and a field goal on his other drives. The Jets' "offense" has scored 10 points with Hack on the field this summer. His preseason has done nothing but confirm a wasted-pick narrative. Josh McCown will open the season as the Jets' starter.
Aug 26 - 9:08 PM

Christian Hackenberg will start the Jets' third preseason game.

Hackenberg split first-team reps in practice this week. The Jets are sticking with him despite a disaster showing in the second preseason game. With Josh McCown not expected to play, Bryce Petty will get the remaining snaps behind Hackenberg.
Aug 26 - 6:34 PM

Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty have been splitting first-team reps in this week's practices.

Coach Todd Bowles has yet to name a starter for Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal, but it's conceivable he'll go with Hackenberg over presumed Week 1 starter Josh McCown. Gang Green has grown desperate to prove Hack offers something, anything as an NFL quarterback. He's shown the exact opposite every time he's taken the field in the preseason over the past two years.
Aug 24 - 5:06 PM

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

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.
Jun 16 - 3:20 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Bryce Petty
3Christian Hackenberg
RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
3Elijah McGuire
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
WR11Robby Anderson
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chad Hansen
4Jalin Marshall
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2ArDarius Stewart
3Charone Peake
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Eric Tomlinson
2Austin Seferian-Jenkins
3Jordan Leggett
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Brent Qvale
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brandon Shell
K1Chandler Catanzaro