When the Jets took Christian Hackenberg in the second round, they knew they were taking a project.
Still, New York's management likely hoped they'd get a better preseason performance from Hackenberg than the one he turned in.
The former Penn State quarterback, taken No. 51 overall by the Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft, has been pretty damn awful so far.
Thursday night, he had perhaps the worst performance of any quarterback this preseason.
Hackenberg, in a 14-6 loss at Philadelphia, completed 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and an interception. The interception was returned 90 yards for a touchdown. He averaged 1.74 yards per passing attempt.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg is still a way aways from being able to realistically compete to be the Jets' starter — which isn't a surprise. The Jets knew that when they drafted him. Still, Thursday night you saw why. Hackenberg was horrendous against the Eagles. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and one interception. That interception was returned 90 yards for a touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 30.7.
He's been pretty bad all preseason, especially under pressure.
Jets' head coach Todd Bowles seemed frustrated by Hackenberg's performance, especially the turnover.
“We can’t turn it over in the red zone,” Bowles said. “Again, second week in a row we give up a touchdown inside the red zone. No matter who the quarterback is, we can’t give up a touchdown. He was up and down. We let rookies play for a long time so we are going to see their errors and their mistakes. With him, there were a lot of people on the field. Sometimes it looked like him and it wasn’t and sometimes it was him. There were a lot of mistakes on the field that we have to clean up, but it was to be expected. ”
Hackenberg remains positive, though.
“I saw things well tonight, what they were doing from that standpoint,” Hackenberg said via NewsDay. “It’s just getting repetition to do it. It was a good opportunity for me to be able to go out there and do that.”