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Christian Hackenberg will need years to grow

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Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) in the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) in the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets got a good look at quarterback Christian Hackenberg in their preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. It continued to prove all along that Hackenberg will need quite some time to develop.

In the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round. It’s understood that coming out of Penn State, Hackenberg would be a huge “work in progress” kind of quarterback that enjoyed early success but took a steep decline. Due to not having supporting talent combined with bad coaching above him, Petty has the skill-set to do well in the NFL but would need to be completely retrained towards that goal.

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The Jets knew well in advance that Hackenberg has talent but is easily a few years away from being a possible future franchise quarterback. It won’t be easy but time, patience, and surrounding Hackenberg with quality mentors should do the trick. Thanks to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and a current coaching staff that is breeding a culture of success, Hackenberg is in good hands.

Hackenberg got to see a ton of playing time in the Jets’ preseason Week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. It was one of those classic welcoming moments for a rookie who undoubtedly got rocked in front of a rabid crowd. Hackenberg was flat out terrible and proved that he has quite the journey ahead of him.

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Fans of the Jets shouldn’t be concerned about his accuracy or lack of execution.

For a quarterback to succeed requires the ability to continue honing their craft over time.

Expectations were exactly met when Hackenberg struggled against the Eagles.

Get the picture by now? Since it sounds like a broken record by now, it’s going to take a lot of time for him to absorb the Jets’ playbook and be able to execute in the future.

His mistakes and lack of getting any momentum on offense aren’t because of an inability to deliver. It should all be chalked up to nothing more than a great learning experience. It’s probably the last time he’ll see action like that in a while.

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Overall, while it was a sore sight to see, Hackenberg is exactly where he should be. Hopefully, nobody expected the second coming of Joe Montana but the bright side is he can now worry about keeping his Microsoft Windows Surface Tablet fully charged as he’ll be on the sideline working hard to improve.

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