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Christian Hackenberg signs with Jets

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Carson Wentz wasn’t the only rookie quarterback to sign his first NFL contract on Thursday.

The Jets announced that they have signed Christian Hackenberg to a four-year deal. The team also signed seventh-round wide receiver Charone Peake, leaving them with five of their seven 2016 draft picks under contract.

Hackenberg, who went 51st overall, generated a sharp split of opinions coming out of Penn State. The Jets came down on the side that saw his size and arm strength as building blocks for a player who can contribute in the future rather than the one that saw Hackenberg’s collegiate inaccuracy as a sign that he’d fail to make it at the next level.

At the moment, Hackenberg sits behind Geno Smith on the Jets’ quarterback depth chart but the team’s slow dance with Ryan Fitzpatrick about a new contract means that there may still be a change at the top. Fitzpatrick’s return would lessen the chances of Hackenberg seeing early playing time, but that’s probably not a bad thing no matter where you come down on his professional prospects.

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9 Responses to “Christian Hackenberg signs with Jets”
  1. citizenstrange says: May 12, 2016 3:36 PM

    Good luck and best wishes! Hope Chan Gailey gets the best out of him.

  2. walden1961 says: May 12, 2016 3:41 PM

    … sits behind Geno Smith on the depth chart.

    Did Bryce Petty join the Peace Corps?

  3. kurdishpats1 says: May 12, 2016 3:57 PM

    We laugh at this.

  4. nhpats says: May 12, 2016 4:05 PM

    I thought Bryce Petty had some promise. Looks like the poor kid’s career ended when The Jets announced him in the draft….

  5. tgoat12 says: May 12, 2016 4:29 PM

    Bottom 5 franchise!

  6. IB007 says: May 12, 2016 4:41 PM

    Hope Hackenberg saves his money because I doubt he signs a second contract …

  7. nhpats says: May 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    tgoat12 says:
    May 12, 2016 4:29 PM
    Bottom 5 franchise!


    Not even close. They will finish ahead of the Bills and the Dolphins in the AFC East. Overall, they will finish ahead of the Cowboys, Colts, Ravens, Chargers, 49ers, Lions, Bears, Vikings and quite possibly the Panthers.

  8. cmich2006 says: May 12, 2016 6:22 PM

    The Geno Smith era mercifully comes to an end. There red flags everywhere…system QB, pouted when things got tough and disliked by his teammates.

  9. buzzsawmcgraw says: May 13, 2016 9:38 AM

    Between Bryce Petty and Geno Smith and this young man.
    If you have 3 quarterbacks,
    you have NO QUARTERBACKS!
    Good luck,kid.
    I’ll be watching with fingers crossed.

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