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QB Christian Hackenberg - New York Jets

6-4, 223Born: 2-14-1995College: Penn St.Drafted: Round 2

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What is Christian Hackenberg? The New York Jets kept their 2016 NFL second round pick under a tarp last season, and so nobody has seen him play in a regular season game. The Jets knew he was a project prior to last year - the question is, how much of a project does he remain? So far it doesn't sound good. As Rich Cimini of tells it, at least one scout from an opposing team "was taken aback by how many off-target passes he threw" in pregame warmups. That's a bit understandable when you consider he had learned three systems in four years (and is now on his fourth). Hackenberg worked with Jordan Palmer on west coast offensive practices this offseason so he can get ready for John Morton's West Coast offense, so that is a good sign. However, good in a t-shirt is one thing and good against live bodies, another. Hackenberg is going to have to work out his accuracy issues and get his mechanics right while trying to beat Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job. If he gets it, he's got now experience, and while he has a decent arm, was prone to implosions under pressure in his last few years at Penn State. He doesn't have a great offensive line, or fantastic options to throw too - so even if he gets under center and plays well, he may struggle to have much production. In fact the offensive line is the biggest worry considering how shell shocked he looked behind a bad line at Penn State. (May 22)

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QB Dynasty - 43, 38, 38, 41, 41, 49

Stats and Projections

2017 PROJ-Dodds 5 78 139 * * * 9 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 5 42 75 * * * 11 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 5 67 125 * * * 5 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 2 35 55 * * * 4 * * *

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Latest News

Jets | Christian Hackenberg impressing (Wed May 24, 08:27 AM) - New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg impressed the team with how he looked this offseason.

Our View: The Jets QB battle is not one that will result in fantasy gold. Hackenberg was a second-round pick out of Penn State last year, but he couldn't see the field as a rookie...even as the team trotted out Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty. This year, Hackenberg will compete with Petty and veteran free agent addition Josh McCown for the top spot on the depth chart.
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Jets | Equal opportunity for Jets' quarterbacks (Tue May 23, 03:56 PM) - New York Jets QBs Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will be given equal first-team repetitions during organized team activities, according to offensive coordinator John Morton.

Our View: McCown has the advantage from his playing experience, and he may win the job because of it. No matter who is the starting QB for the Jets, there is no fantasy value to be mined here.
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Jets | Christian Hackenberg a bad fit? (Sun May 21, 08:14 PM) - New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg is a bad fit for offensive coordinator John Morton's West Coast-style system, according to Rich Cimini of The system is built on timing and accuracy, and Cimini spoke with an opposing scout who said he was shocked at how off target many of Hackenberg's passes were in warmups last year.

Our View: Hackenberg was not ready last year as a rookie, and that's why he didn't see the field as the Jets stumbled through Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty at the helm. He's got a chance this year, but with veteran Josh McCown in town it seems like he'll be playing second- or third-string at best.
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Jets | Christian Hackenberg more comfortable (Mon May 15, 08:26 PM) - New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg said he feels more comfortable entering his second season in the NFL and believes he has improved since his rookie season. Hackenberg is expected to compete for the starting job during training camp.

Our View: The Jets selected Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, but he couldn't do enough to see the field as a rookie. This year, Hackenberg is going to compete with Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job. He'd have to take a huge leap from year one to year two in order to win the job for Week 1. At some point, expect the Jets to take a look at him but don't expect him to blow the doors off the league.
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