FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Well the Christian Hackenberg experiment ended as most thought it would for a long while. A complete failure. The much maligned former 2nd round pick who never played a down for the Jets, was traded to Oakland on Tuesday for a conditional seventh round draft pick.
With the drafting of USC QB Sam Darnold with the team’s top pick last month and Teddy Bridgewater showing excellent progress recovering from his knee injury, the writing was on the wall for Hackenberg as there was just no room for him on the roster anymore.
When the Mikc Maccagnan history book is written, Hackenberg will surely be a large dark spot. The Jets raised many eyebrows when they took him with the 51st pick two years ago. Although he had the size and a rocket strong arm, many scouts argued that his throwing motion and accuracy were not NFL caliper.
The scouts turned out to be right as Hackenberg never showed enough progress to Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles to even get a hint of regular season playing time, even with two losing seasons and injuries to the starter.
With the release Hackenberg and fellow former backup QB Bryce Petty a few weeks ago, the Jets now have 3 QB’s on the roster with Darnold, Bridgewater and Josh McCown.