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Christian Hackenberg takes a huge step back

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 19: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 19: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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In Week 2 of the preseason, Christian Hackenberg took a step in the wrong direction in proving he can be a starting quarterback.

With a huge opportunity of starting a preseason game in Week 2, New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg did not rise to the occasion. Hackenberg went 2 for 6 for 14 yards and took one huge sack that many thought he was lucky to leave uninjured.

To avoid those type of hits he needs to read the defensive coverage while walking up to the line of scrimmage. If he sees any specific reads or incoming blitzes, he needs to change the play to allow his offense to adjust to what he sees. From the passes he threw, he tried to force throws into tight windows that were frustrating to observe. As Jets fan, it is frustrating to watch since he actually played well just a week before against the Tennessee Titans.

With the Jets having to learn a new offensive scheme, the passing game will be used more than in the past. Any quarterback that is learning how to be efficient is always taught to hit receivers in the chest when passing. Hackenberg was not doing that as he was throwing them at ankles or over the receivers heads. Accuracy seems to be Hackenberg’s biggest area of opportunity.

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After his Week 2 performance, Hackenberg went from being No. 2 on the depth chart to No. 3. Quarterback Bryce Petty took his spot back from his second half performance against the Detroit Lions.

With only two weeks left in the preseason, Hackenberg needs to focus and come out sharp against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

He is in a battle with Petty and right now, is losing this quarterback competition. His issues with accuracy and the inability to be in a position to score touchdowns have made him take a huge step back with his development as a quarterback at this point in time.

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