The last time Christian Hackenberg threw a touchdown pass in a meaningful game was Nov. 28, 2015, when he played for Penn State. The last game Hackenberg played in was Jan. 2, 2016, as Penn State lost to Georgia in the Gator Bowl. He didn’t finish that game, though. Hackenberg was replaced because of injury by Trace McSorley. Fast-forward to late 2017, and after two seasons in the NFL, it doesn’t appear Hackenberg will play for the Jets anytime soon. As the Jets enter the final game of the regular season against the Patriots, Bryce Petty will remain the starter and Hackenberg will stand on the sideline and watch as the No. 2. “There are guys in front of him,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He’s learned two new systems, so he wasn’t ready to play. He got a lot of time in the preseason and made progress during the year. His time will come when it comes.” Hackenberg, a 2016 second-round pick, will become only the second quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to be drafted in the second round and not play in an NFL game in his first two seasons. (The Bills’ Gene Bradley, drafted in 1980 out of Arkansas State, was the first.) Given the Jets’ tenuous quarterback situation, that’s amazing.
Time running out for Christian Hackenberg to get first snaps
Newsday | Dec 26