A 2016 second-round pick by the New York Jets, Christian Hackenberg looked to be in a solid position to battle for the starting quarterback job within a couple of years.
That doesn’t seem to be the case, at least not entering his second professional season. After a mediocre preseason, Hackenberg will enter the year as the third-string quarterback, according to the Jets’ unofficial depth chart released Tuesday.
The former Penn State signal caller is listed behind starting quarterback Josh McCown and backup Bryce Petty.
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) September 6, 2017
Hackenberg, who came to Penn State as one of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks, started every game as a freshman and broke 10 freshman records. He went on to made 25 starts the next two seasons before declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Jets selected him 51st overall but carried four quarterbacks that season, stating Hackenberg would serve a “redshirt year,” in which he developed from the sidelines.
The move didn’t seem to help much, as Hackenberg turned in an up-and-down 2017 preseason. His peak included an 18-for-25 passing performance in the preseason opener. But in the following game — his first-career start — he led a Jets offense that had 43 yards in the first half.
Hackenberg’s spot on the depth chart isn’t set in stone. After all, Jets coach Todd Bowles wouldn’t even name a backup Monday.
Still, don’t expect the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year to play meaningful NFL snaps anytime soon.
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