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Christian Hackenberg feeling “different level of confidence” this year

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The Jets are planning a three-man competition for their starting quarterback job and watching a battle between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg unfold probably isn’t the sort of thing most people would describe as thrilling.

One of those three players doesn’t share that feeling, however. Hackenberg said the competition will be “really exciting” and feels good about where he’s at as things start ramping up with organized team activities kicking off next week. The 2016 second-round pick also said he feels more comfortable than he did last year and that his confidence has ticked up as a result.

“Without a doubt, I think there’s a different level of confidence,” Hackenberg said, via NJ.com. “But I think that also goes back to [being in] Year 2. You’re more comfortable in the situation, more comfortable with the guys in the locker room, in the huddle. I think just that natural growth from a comfortability standpoint.”

Confidence is obviously a necessity for an NFL starter, but so is talent and Hackenberg never got a chance to show off how much he has during his rookie season as he remained on the bench all year. There were certainly doubts about it when he was coming out of Penn State, but his draft position and the lack of a clear starter should increase the likelihood of it being put to the test before the 2017 season is out.

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13 Responses to “Christian Hackenberg feeling “different level of confidence” this year”
  1. tunechi90 says: May 15, 2017 1:49 PM

    Would be nice if Hack actually came through…

  2. waynefontesismyfather says: May 15, 2017 2:10 PM

    Christian Hackenberg feeling “different level of confidence” this year

    So he thinks he can finally hit the ocean with a football now?

  3. bobthebillsfan says: May 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    Those 3 names certainly create fear among defensive coordinators.

  4. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: May 15, 2017 2:31 PM

    “Mister Christian..Oh, the time has come… “

  5. jonathankrobinson424 says: May 15, 2017 2:36 PM

    As a looooooong time NFL fan it would be refreshing to see the New York JETS have a good QB that was also the face of the franchise. I still miss Joe Namath!

  6. xbam says: May 15, 2017 2:54 PM

    oh you silly Jets…

  7. tommyribs says: May 15, 2017 3:04 PM

    J-E-T-S

    Just
    End
    The
    Season

  8. defscottyb says: May 15, 2017 3:08 PM

    He sucked at Penn State lol.

  9. defscottyb says: May 15, 2017 3:10 PM

    He wasn’t any good at Penn State lol.

  10. nyjfanz says: May 15, 2017 3:13 PM

    Bubbybrister – good line, that’s funny 😁

  11. intrafinesse says: May 15, 2017 3:42 PM

    We’ll find out in several months.
    If he can’t take over the starting role after 2 years, competing against Bryce Petty and Josh McCown, then he’s pretty bad.

  12. johnmoot says: May 15, 2017 3:54 PM

    Christian did nothing last year and certainly hasn’t changed many minds this season. Giving him the keys would end the season sooner than later. I’m not at all thrilled with the QB situation in Jet land so I’ll pretty much wait until next year’s draft and hopefully the powers that be will pick smart!

  13. ktimmmtb says: May 16, 2017 1:07 PM

    I hope he succeeds beyond anyone’s wildest beliefs and that some day years from now a whole host of GM come out and proclaim that they had planned to take him in the 2nd round too.

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