It’s getting even worse for the Jets and their supposed future QB
Written by: Joseph Czikk
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg reportedly struggled so much during a recent practice that he actually hit sideline reporters and defenders with throws.
Per NJ.com’s Connor Hughes, the second-year pro Hackenberg “hit reporters with passes twice.”
Other times luck seemed to save the 22-year-old from sure interceptions.
“When Hackenberg misses... he really misses,” said Hughes. “He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I'm not talking about a receiver falling down. I'm saying the defender just dropped the ball.”
“Other times, the wideout/running back/tight end was wide open, and Hackenberg sailed it over his head or bounced it to him.”
Publicly it doesn’t seem Hackenberg’s confidence is wavering.
Needless to say, this isn’t good for a Jets organization that has struggled mightily over the past few years. Last season the team finished 5-11. In 2014 the Jets finished 4-12.
This season it seems the Jets are cutting nearly every reliable veteran in head-scratching moves. Brandon Marshall requested his release earlier in the offseason and now it appears Eric Decker will be sent his walking papers.
(In fact, the New York Daily News is already reporting the Jets are “sucking for Sam,” referencing next year’s presumed number one pick, USC QB Sam Darnold).
Hackenberg excelled during his freshman and sophomore years at Penn State. Under then coach Bill O’Brien (now the Texans head coach) Hackenberg was a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
But he seemed to regress in his final year, throwing career-lows in pass attempts, pass yards and completion percentage.
Last season, his first in the NFL, he never took a snap in a regular season game, presumably because he wasn’t ready.
Who can the Jets turn to now at gunslinger? Bryce Petty? Josh McCown?
Maybe it will have to be Flash Gordon.
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