New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg is a bust

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Jason Pierre-Paul
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Jason Pierre-Paul /

Why we can officially label Christian  Hackenberg a bust with the New York Jets.

Despite being a 4-7 team out of playoff contention, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles was steadfast in having veteran quarterback Josh McCown under center for the time being instead of handing the reigns to one of the Jets younger quarterbacks. McCown has been a nice surprise for the Jets and the reason that a rebuilding team won’t start one of their two young quarterback  prospects, especially with meaningless football left on the schedule.

The chance that Bryce Petty may get his opportunity down the stretch the Jets organization has made it clear that they have no faith in their former second round pick Christian Hackenberg.

Christian Hackenberg, remember him? I’ll give you a moment to Google him. After taking Hackenberg in the second round of the draft the Jets made it clear that his rookie season would be a red-shirt year. However, in year two Hackenberg is still not even dressing for games and is nowhere close to seeing the field according to Jets offensive coordinator John Morton.

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Why is Hackenberg a bust? Outside of the fact that he hasn’t been suiting up for games let’s look back at the 2016 draft shall we.

In the first five rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft 10 quarterbacks were drafted and only one hasn’t played in an official game yet. That of course would be Hackenberg who was the fourth quarterback selected in that draft. The other nine? They’ve only played in 113 combined games over that span.

Dak Prescott was the gem in this draft selected in the fourth round of the same draft, but there have been plenty of other quarterbacks that have been successful from the 2016 class.

The quarterback picked forty spots after Hackenberg, Jacoby Brissett started his twelfth game this past weekend and has shown the potential to be a starting caliber quarterback in this league at best and at the very worst a reliable backup.

Two spots after Brissett was Cody Kessler who has started eight game with the Browns and seven elections later was Connor Cook who has already started a playoff game for the Oakland Raiders.

Hackenberg’s career is summed up best as two for twenty-seven. He’s dressed two games in his career out a possible twenty-seven.

The Jets won’t say it publicly, but their actions have made it clear. They know that Christian Hackenberg is a bust and the organization is already looking ahead to find their next quarterback of the future.