Hackenberg has been benched in favor of Zach Mettenberger after making three starts for the Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football, Dylan Rubino of AAF.com reports. Hackenberg hoped a change in throwing mechanics would help salvage his football career, but his work with a quarterbacks coach hasn't fixed an inability to read defenses and stay calm under pressure. The Jets' 2016 second-round pick went 0-3 as a starter for Memphis, completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 4.5 yards per attempt, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Mettenberger threw for two touchdowns after he replaced Hackenberg in the second half of Saturday's 21-17 loss to the Orlando Apollos. It's hard to imagine Hackenberg drawing any attention from the NFL in 2019.
Hackenberg recently explained that his throwing mechanics are improving thanks to coaching from his AAF quarterbacks coach, John Luciew of PennLive.com reports. The 2016 second-round pariah has been given plenty of chances in the NFL, failing to stick with the Jets, Raiders, Eagles and Bengals. Having spent the last few months with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, Hackenberg discovered a mechanical flaw in his throwing motion that was affecting his accuracy. It'll be interesting to see if any NFL teams come calling this offseason to learn if the Penn State product has indeed turned a corner in his development.
Hackenberg was among the quarterbacks selected in Tuesday's Alliance of Amercian Football draft, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports. Hackenberg was released from the Bengals' practice squad in early November, but he's found a new home in the newly formed league. He was selected in the second round of Tuesday's quarterback draft and will be slated to compete with the likes of Troy Cook, Zach Mettenberger and Brandon Silvers. Should he win the starting job, Hackenberg could get an opportunity to prove to NFL scouts that he's worthy of a roster spot come 2019.
Hackenberg was signed to the Bengals' practice squad on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Hackenberg spent the offseason in Philadelphia but failed to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The former 2016 second-round selection will now join his fourth different team.
Hackenberg was let go by the Eagles on Friday, Matt Lombardo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Even with Carson Wentz (knee) and Nick Foles struggling through injuries all preseason, Hackenberg was unable to carve out a backup position. The 2016 second-rounder moves on from his third team of the offseason after being traded by the Jets and cut by the Raiders. Hackenberg will be an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|