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Christian Hackenberg Even Struggled In Warmups Last Year

The former Penn State star looked rough as a rookie.

The New York Jets are having an open competition at the starting quarterback spot.

Is former second-round pick and Penn State star Christian Hackenberg a serious candidate for the starting job?

That seems doubtful.

ESPN's Rich Cimini says it's more likely that Hackenberg battles for the backup spot. He's coming off a disappointing rookie season in which he even looked bad in warmups.

From ESPN:

The West Coast scheme is predicated on timing and accuracy, especially on short passes. Accuracy is an issue for Hackenberg, whose adjusted completion rate (counting drops, spikes, etc.) was 64 percent in his final year at Penn State, according to Pro Football Focus. That ranked 120th in the nation. The previous year, he was 104th. I talked to an opposing scout who studied him in pregame warmups for one game last season and was taken aback by how many off-target passes he threw.

Hackenberg will be competing with veteran Josh McCown and fellow youngster Bryce Petty.