As many of us have anticipated for a while, Christian Hackenberg is no longer a member of the New York Jets. What may surprise some is that he was traded, not cut. Let’s take a look and break down everything that happened.
As was reported earlier, Christian Hackenberg was traded by the New York Jets to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional 7th Round draft pick. As I stated, the most surprising thing here is the fact that they did not have to outright cut him.
The best thing I can say here is that Hackenberg is going to be playing under a coach that loved him before he was drafted, even going as far to say he would be surprised if he was not a first-round pick. His 2013 season at Penn State was admittedly impressive, running a pro style offense under current Houston Texan’s coach Bill O’Brien and running it as well as any 18 year old could.
There was even talk of him being a future first overall pick. As we know, that did not come to fruition. The thing he will probably be most be remembered for is that he will not be remembered at all. Or, more accurately, that he will be remembered as an all time Jets bust.
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The stat that will be most telling is this: Hackenberg is one of just a handful of quarterbacks drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft to not attempt a single pass in his first two seasons.
Best of luck to you, Mr. Hackenberg. I was never against drafting him based on his success in a pro offense his freshman year, and I sincerely hope he gets to experience at least a small amount of NFL success.
Also, kudos to me for avoiding any of the easy puns I could have made with Hackenberg’s name. Trust me, it’s not as easy as it seems.