In his training camp profile, we breakdown quarterback Christian Hackenberg as to what his outlook will be this upcoming season and early expectations.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg still remains a huge mystery and is quite unproven thus far. The 22-year-old is looking to better his game, however, accuracy remains a huge issue, as a few throws went horribly wrong, nearly hitting reporters during OTAs of the New York Jets.
All of which may also suggest he still needs time to work on these red flags and the key part of his game if the Jets look to give him any opportunities this year. The accuracy will be needed since it’s obviously one of the most important attributes a quarterback needs to succeed.
Hackenberg is still young and if he can complete his passes and turn it around, he should be well on his way towards the ultimate goal for him, which is to turn heads and show he’s ready for the starting job. Here’s his training camp profile as he prepares for his sophomore season with the Jets.
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2016 SEASON REVIEW
Hackenberg has not yet earned the opportunity to start or see any in game action.
Last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick handled most of the workload and quarterback, Bryce Petty, picking up the remainder of the workload.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Seeing as the Jets have a few options already on the table as far as Petty and veteran quarterback Josh McCown, expect to see very little of Hackenberg. The Jets might test him in a game or two, depending on how well the starting quarterback will perform during the rough season ahead.
I personally think Petty will be the man who wins over the coaches and gets the job, however, it would make sense for the Jets to give Hackenberg a try in at least one game to see his full potential. Especially to know what they are working with in the case of an unproven second-year quarterback whom we know literally nothing about.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Expect a few good things to come out of this. Hackenberg will be working harder each time to prove himself, as this is one test that he will be trying his hardest since he has nothing to lose and everything to gain from this. Hackenberg isn’t going anywhere and does have a shot to earn the starting quarterback position on the Jets if he does well during training camp. If not, expect to see him earn his spot on the depth chart. Whether he’s a backup or third stringer, it all comes down to him.