The Jets haven't gotten a great return on their investment yet. It might never happen.
Christian Hackenberg's rookie season with the New York Jets was a bad one. The second-round pick looked bad in the preseason and didn't see the field during the regular season.
Even warmups went poorly for the former Penn State star.
An NFL scout speaking to ESPN was often stunned by how bad some of his throws were pre-game.
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.
The Jets' quarterback situation isn't a good one. The ideal situation for the organization is for Hackenberg to develop into a quality starter. That's why they drafted him in the second round, after all.
But there are serious doubts about that ever happening.
Bleacher Report NFL insider Doug Farrar published a story today on Hackenberg titled, "Christian Hackenberg Isn't Ready For Primetime - He May Never Be."
It delves into his problems as a quarterback.
If Hackenberg is going to make a serious leap forward in his second NFL season, especially in a West Coast offense like Morton’s, he’s going to have to transcend several glaring faults that go back to his college days.
To start, Hackenberg is not consistently accurate on passes in which he must hit his target with timing and rhythm. After watching every snap he took in the 2016 preseason, it was clear that the Jets just wanted him to get his confidence together. There were a ton of easy, short passes, and of his 46 attempts, only six went longer than 20 yards in the air, per Pro Football Focus. Hackenberg completed two of those for 53 yards. Both came against the Giants in the third preseason game, and both were fairly easy open reads.
You can read the full story here.