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 12 of 21 passes for 126 yards, a touchdown and two picks in Saturday's preseason loss to the Giants. He also scampered for a 13-yard run during the game. With the Jets in a clear rebuild mode, it makes sense to give Hackenberg every opportunity to show what he can do before looking to what's available in 2018. The Jets did that on Saturday, starting Hackenberg and then bringing him back at the end of the game after Bryce Petty went down. Hackenberg connected on a touchdown that almost completed an impressive comeback, but the two pick-sixes in the first half are hard to ignore. Hackenberg has now turned the ball over three times with one score in two preseason starts, while completing just over half of his pass attempts.
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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|10||11/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||16.00|
|13||12/03||Kansas City Chiefs||22||19.50|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||32||33.00|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Chargers||23||19.50|
|17||12/31||@New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|