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Coach Todd Bowles Noncommittal about QB Christian Hackenberg’s Future with Jets

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jets head coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on the team’s plans for third-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

“We’ll see what his role is going forward,” said Bowles. “He’s got to correct a lot of things, obviously.” No one in the Jets organization seems willing to admit what seems obvious to every observer outside Gang Green-that Hackenberg is not any NFL-caliber player and the Jets whiffed badly when they reached for him as the 51st-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Penn State. In two seasons Hackenberg has not seen action in a regular season game and it’s not as if the 23-year-old had to outplay top-drawer competition. Not only did he not see the field after Josh McCown went on injured reserve in 2017-unable to beat out the immortal Bryce Petty-but the last two weeks of the season he was sharing reps on the scout team with undrafted free agent Joel Stave.

The Jets are primed to address their starting QB quandary in the free agent market, with Kirk Cousins their preferred target. If Cousins signs elsewhere, they could also look to Teddy Bridgewater or A.J. McCarron and re-signing McCown, who actually played well in 2017, is not out of the question. They are also likely to draft a QB and could use McCown as a bridge quarterback/mentor. But there seems to be no scenario where Hackenberg-and probably even Petty-are on the Jets roster in 2018.


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