In his second NFL training camp this past summer, Christian Hackenberg received every opportunity to win the Jets’ starting quarterback job. He saw significant action against first-team defenses. He started two preseason games. Todd Bowles effectively held the job in an open palm and told Hackenberg to take it. Well, he didn’t take it. Far from it. As of Wednesday, Hackenberg sits third on the depth chart behind 38-year-old Josh McCown and former fourth-round pick Bryce Petty. He didn’t even dress for Sunday’s 45-20 loss at the Raiders. Many see this as the most damning example yet that Hackenberg is not the answer to the Jets’ decades-long quarterback woes. But not owner Christopher Johnson, who met with the media Wednesday in Florham Park for the first time since taking over the team from his brother Woody Johnson. “The quarterback position is really difficult to evaluate, and we haven’t really seen where Christian might go. I’m really more about looking forward than looking back,” Johnson said. “Everybody’s going to look back and find places where things have gone wrong. I don’t think that you can say that about Christian. I think that he has a lot of upside, and I hope to see it.” But when will Hackenberg get another chance to show off that upside — if he truly possesses it? On a conference call Monday, Todd Bowles admitted Hackenberg, as the third quarterback, will have limited chances to play and progress over the next several months. “During the season, starters play. You get mental reps. That’s what you get,” Bowles said.
Jets owner denies tanking, says Christian Hackenberg has 'a lot of upside'
New York Daily News | Sep 21