New York Jets Christian Hackenberg has a brand new offseason guru to hopefully help him hone his craft towards being a better quarterback. Unfortunately, due to a now crowded situation on the Jets roster, it won’t save him from the inevitable.
With all the moves the New York Jets have made so far this offseason, it appears the writing is on the wall for quarterbacks on the team not named Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater. At least for now, those are the two free agents the Jets brought back with hopes of building a special situation heading into next season.
It appears that general manager Mike Maccagnan wants to finally address the quarterback situation of the Jets once and for all. He’s brought back McCown, signed Bridgewater, and just moved up in the 2018 NFL Draft to most likely draft another quarterback. Except for this time around, one that has the upside to be a future franchise player at the most important position on the team.
Before the free agency frenzy and blockbuster trade to move up in this year’s draft, quarterback Christian Hackenberg decided to make some big changes of his own. In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that Hackenberg hired a new personal instructor to train with this offseason in Jeff Christensen.
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Whether he’s doing this to have a shot at saving his spot on the Jets roster or knows that he’ll probably need to audition for a new team in the future, the writing is on the wall. The Jets most likely don’t believe neither he or Bryce Petty are the answer to finally being “the guy” under center. Having a new offseason guru to help him work on his many issues could be what helps get have some kind of advantage heading into his third season in the NFL.
As Cimini pointed out, Hackenberg’s new offseason guru also works with Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins so there is a track record of success. Hopefully, Christensen can help Hackenberg improve for the future since his days are likely numbered with the Jets due to their now crowded situation at quarterback.
It’s hard to believe the Jets going into training camp with five quarterbacks on the depth chart but at the end of the day, they’ll likely trim it down to three at the start of next season. Expect it to be McCown, Bridgewater, and a new rookie quarterback. Unfortunately for Hackenberg and well, even Petty, both are likely to be the odd men out.