Hackenberg could see his first NFL snaps in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. While still committed to Bryce Petty as the starting quarterback, Jets head coach Todd Bowles acknowledged Wednesday that Hackenberg could be used as a mid-game replacement. It's increasingly clear that the Jets don't view either player as a potential franchise quarterback, but there's no harm in giving Hackenberg a brief look, given that Petty has completed less than half his passes and produced just 4.1 yards per attempt this season. Hackenberg can't possibly be much worse.
Hackenberg (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday for the Jets' Week 2 game against the Raiders, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Hackenberg served as the backup to starter Josh McCown in the season-opening loss to the Bills while Bryce Petty was getting over a strained knee, but now that Petty has had some time to heal up, Hackenberg looks like he'll be the Jets' No. 3 quarterback for the foreseeable future. That likely means that Hackenberg will be a fixture on the inactive list throughout the season, unless an injury affects the status of either McCown or Petty.
Hackenberg is listed as the Jets' No. 3 quarterback on their official depth chart released Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. While it wasn't surprising that veteran Josh McCown captured the starting role during training camp over the unproven Hackenberg, the second-year signal caller's placement on the depth chart behind Bryce Petty, who missed the preseason finale with a sprained knee, is more unexpected. Petty has indicated that he expects to be ready for the Week 1 matchup with the Bills, but his shaky health may prompt coach Todd Bowles to keep all three of the team's quarterbacks active for that contest. Since the 38-year-old McCown likely isn't the Jets' long-term answer at quarterback, there is a strong possibility that Bowles kicks the tires with the backup options at some point this season, but at this time, it appears a healthy Petty would receive a chance to replace McCown before Hackenberg does.
Hackenberg will compete for the No. 2 quarterback job with Bryce Petty (knee) after Josh McCown was named the opening-day starter Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. The Jets had what they called an open competition for the starting quarterback role during training camp, but McCown was always the favorite to win the position. With Hackenberg not playing nearly well enough during preseason games and in practice, McCown, who wasn't overly impressive in his own right, will get the Week 1 start. McCown, 38, doesn't have a ton of upside, and given his injury history it's not out of the question that Hackenberg could take over at some point.
Hackenberg completed just two of six pass attempts for 14 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Detroit. The Jets went three-and-out in three of the four series Hackenberg was under center, and he was also sacked twice. Detroit was able to generate tremendous quarterback pressure, and the Penn State product didn't have an answer. Perhaps, the plan was for him to exit after four series, but it's also possible head coach Todd Bowles pulled Hackenberg to avoid completely shattering the youngster's confidence. After watching from the sidelines for the entire 2016 season, Hackenberg was expected to push veteran Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job during training camp, but that seems like a stretch now. Additionally, Bryce Petty outperformed Hackenberg on Saturday, and Petty has at least seen regular-season game action. It looks like a steep climb to fantasy relevance in 2017 for Hackenberg at this stage of the game.
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