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Christian Hackenberg Benched By Memphis Express During Tonight's AAF Game

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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Christian Hackenberg is probably the biggest name participating in the inaugural AAF season. Entering the season, a lot was made about a corrected throwing motion and renewed confidence for the former Penn State quarterback.

Instead, his AAF career is off to a... rocky, at best, start.

Hackenberg's Memphis Express were blown out 26-0 by the Birmingham Iron in Week 1. He was benched for former Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers in the fourth quarter of that game, after a brutal outing.

Tonight, the Express trailed the Orlando Apollos at the half, and Hackenberg once again had failed to get the team on the board.

For the second time in three weeks, he was benched.

Christian Hackenberg threw two rough interceptions before the Memphis Express opted to give former LSU passer Zach Mettenberger a shot.

The second pick was particularly awful.

Mettenberger, who played three seasons in the NFL after being taken in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, looked much better, and nearly led the Express to a victory.

That was the first passing touchdown this season for the Express. Memphis fell 21-17, but may have found its answer at QB.

For those who were hoping to see Hackenberg relaunch his football career in the AAF, it doesn't look promising.