Quarterback Christian Hackenberg knows the writing is on the wall and has been working all offseason long on improving his mechanics. Can he be saved with one more shot with the New York Jets?
One down, four more still on the depth chart. The New York Jets made their quarterback situation a bit clearer when they officially released Bryce Petty. The quarterbacks left on the roster are Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, newly drafted Sam Darnold, and Christian Hackenberg.
During the offseason, Hackenberg knows that his tenure with the Jets might be coming to an end. The Jets might get lucky and Bridgewater is healthy again and returns to his former Pro Bowl self. If he doesn’t, there might be hope that Hackenberg can still be saved if he’s given one more shot at making the final Jets roster.
In an article written by Kyle Newport of Bleacher Report, he confirmed via NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, that Hackenberg will effectively start from scratch when it comes to his throwing motion and overall quarterback mechanics. It’s no secret that Hackenberg has issues with accuracy and is likely such a bad quarterback, the Jets didn’t want to embarrass him or the organization by letting him play during a regular season game.
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This could likely be Hackenberg’s last opportunity to prove he is worth keeping around for the Jets if they keep him on the roster heading into training camp. If not, he’s likely auditioning for his next team and wanted to show the football world that at least he’s trying to get better.
Once training camp is officially underway, the quarterback competition will undoubtedly heat up as so many different outcomes could happen once all is set and done.
Can Darnold surprise many and outplay McCown to be the Week 1 starter for the Jets? Will McCown start the season yet again since he’s a savvy veteran and will hold the fort until Darnold is ready? What if Bridgewater plays lights out football and gives the Jets a nice surprise this summer? Can Hackenberg finally step up and if things don’t work out with Bridgewater, be worth keeping around as a backup?
Your guess is as good as mine but at the end of the day, this is likely Hackenberg’s last shot with the Jets. If he continues to struggle as he likely will, he’ll end up with the same fate as Petty. You know, yet another quarterback that joins a very long list of busts drafted by the Jets.