5 QBs with Nathaniel Hackett ties the NY Jets could target

Who are some realistic QB targets with Hackett ties?
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4. The NY Jets could trade for Brandon Allen

Another one that dates back to Hackett's days in Jacksonville, Brandon Allen was a sixth-round pick of the Jaguars in the 2016 NFL Draft. He never appeared in a game for the Jaguars and was released after his rookie season, but he's still familiar with Hackett's system.

Allen has spent the last few seasons as Joe Burrow's backup in Cincinnati, starting six games between 2020 and 2021. He's fared alright in limited action, but he's probably a low-end QB at best.

The former Arkansas standout signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason and is currently the team's third-string quarterback behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold.

The Jets would need to trade for Allen, but it's hard to imagine it would cost much to make the move happen. There are more appealing options out there, but Allen's experience with Hackett gives him a leg up on a lot of his competition.

3. The NY Jets could sign Brett Rypien

Jets fans should actually be somewhat familiar with Brett Rypien. The Boise State product has only made three starts in the NFL, but two of them have come against the Jets.

Rypien infamously led the Denver Broncos to a 37-28 victory over the Jets in Week 4 of the 2020 season, although the Jets were able to exact revenge last year with a 16-9 victory in the ill-fated Week 7 game that ended the season of both Breece Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Rypien now resides on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Rams after he lost the backup quarterback battle to rookie Stetson Bennett. Because of that, he's available to be signed by the Jets.

Rypien would hardly be an exciting addition, as the former undrafted free agent has just four touchdowns and eight interceptions in three career starts, but after spending time learning Hackett's system in Denver last season, he makes sense as a potential target.