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June 14, 2020 05:40 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Shifting to baseball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg is attempting to begin a career in professional baseball, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

The 2016 second-round pick by the Jets hasn't been on an NFL roster since August 2018, and he never played a snap during his time with New York or the Raiders. Hackenberg also played in the Alliance of American Football before it was shuttered, but he was benched after three starts. He's unlikely to make a return to football at this point, but he'll attempt to continue his athletic career on the diamond.

February 26, 2019 09:48 AM
Christian Hackenberg: Benched in AAF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

February 8, 2019 09:36 AM
Christian Hackenberg: Alters throwing mechanics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg recently explained that his throwing mechanics are improving thanks to coaching from his AAF quarterbacks coach, John Luciew of 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.

November 28, 2018 04:44 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Selected in AAF draft
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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.

November 5, 2018 07:04 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Released from Bengals' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg was released from the Bengal's practice squad Monday.

Hackenberg joined Cincinnati's practice squad during the beginning of the 2018 regular season, but was ultimately unable to stick with the unit. The 2016 second-round pick will look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.

September 3, 2018 09:44 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Joins Bengals' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg was signed to the Bengals' practice squad on Monday, Adam Schefter of 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.

September 1, 2018 01:44 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Waived by Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 12, 2018 08:08 PM
Eagles' Christian Hackenberg: Inks deal with defending champs
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The Eagles signed Hackenberg to a contract Sunday, Tim McManus of reports.

Philadelphia is an interesting landing spot for Hackenberg. Upon his arrival, he may receive a far amount of snaps with Carson Wentz (knee) and Nick Foles (neck) on the mend. That said, it'd be a surprise if Hackenberg beats out Nate Sudfeld for the No. 3 job due to his experience in the system.

June 12, 2018 07:48 PM
Christian Hackenberg: Let go by Oakland
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Hackenberg was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Hackenberg was acquired by the Raiders in a trade for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick with the Jets, but it appears Oakland quickly realized it had no use for the quarterback on the roster. With Hackenberg's release, the Raiders get back the seventh-round pick they originally traded, and Hackenberg will be an unrestricted free agent should he clear waivers.

May 23, 2018 12:24 PM
Raiders' Christian Hackenberg: Dealt to Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

Hackenberg was the odd man out during the start of OTAs on Tuesday, as he saw fewer reps than each of the other three Jets quarterbacks. The former Penn State standout was probably going to be released anyway this offseason after New York acquired Teddy Bridgewater and drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. Hackenberg has been limited to just preseason action in each of the past two seasons, and chances are he'll end up being released by the Raiders, who already had three quarterbacks on their roster, before the start of this regular season.

March 4, 2018 03:40 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: May be released in offseason
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Hackenberg could lose his roster spot this offseason,'s Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets likely will re-sign Josh McCown or add another veteran, in addition to taking a close look at the top available quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. Given that he's yet to attempt a pass in the regular season and hasn't been able to pass Bryce Petty on the depth chart, Hackenberg is unlikely to enter OTAs any higher than third in the pecking order at quarterback. The 2016 second-round pick was awful in limited preseason action the past two years, completing 59 of 121 passes (48.8 percent) for 531 yards (4.4 yards per attempt) with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Petty may also find himself on the chopping block this offseason.

December 28, 2017 02:36 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Could get playing time
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Hackenberg could see his first NFL snaps in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of 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.

December 14, 2017 02:48 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Not expected to start in 2017
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that there isn't a scenario "right now" where Hackenberg plays over the team's final three games, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

With Josh McCown (hand) hitting injured reserve Tuesday, Bryce Petty will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 15 against the Saints. Like Hackenberg, Petty is a similarly youthful developmental quarterback who has yet to prove his worth at the NFL level, but based on Bowles' comments, it seems as though Petty has demonstrated enough in practices this season to create clear separation from Hackenberg, who will be active for the first time in 2017 as the backup signal caller. Even if an injury to or poor play from Petty were to open up an opportunity over the final three contests, Hackenberg wouldn't warrant a look outside of deep two-quarterback formats.

December 11, 2017 10:28 AM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Could get look over final three games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg could get a look before the end of the season if Josh McCown can't play with a broken left hand, Rich Cimini of reports.

Ineffective in the preseason, Hackenberg has been a healthy scratch as the No. 3 quarterback all year. Jets head coach Todd Bowles already said Bryce Petty will take over as the starter for Week 15 in New Orleans if McCown can't play through his injury, but that doesn't necessarily mean the team would stick with Petty for the rest of the season. It still seems pretty clear that the Jets don't view Petty or Hackenberg as a potential franchise quarterback. The team figures to acquire a young signal caller in the 2018 draft, while McCown has made a strong case to stick around for another year. Regardless of what happens over the next few weeks, Hackenberg likely will find himself fighting for a roster spot in camp next year.

September 17, 2017 02:48 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Inactive for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 5, 2017 01:40 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Listed as No. 3 quarterback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 28, 2017 09:24 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Loses starting job to McCown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

August 27, 2017 02:56 AM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Tosses two pick-sixes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 20, 2017 11:40 AM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Lasts just four forgettable series Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 13, 2017 12:04 PM
Jets' Christian Hackenberg: Throws for 127 yards against Titans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hackenberg completed 18 of 25 passes for 127 yards during Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Josh McCown got the start and threw a touchdown on his lone series, and while Hackenberg couldn't get the Jets into the end zone, it was still a decent performance that could have been better if not for a few dropped passes. Hackenberg still seems stuck behind McCown on the depth chart, but he's shoring up his spot as the backup ahead of Bryce Petty, who was just 2-of-6 for 16 yards.


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Lehighton, PA, USA
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