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Christian Hackenberg passes hit defenders and reporters at Jets OTAs


Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg has had some hilariously bad throws at Organized Team Activities.

As documented by Connor Hughes of, Hackenberg has been missing his target repeatedly, often hitting the defense in the hands, and twice overthrowing his target so badly that the ball traveled off the practice field and hit reporters watching from the sidelines.

When Hackenberg misses he really misses,” Hughes writes. “He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I’m not talking about a receiver falling down. I’m saying the defender just dropped the ball. Other times, the wideout/running back/tight end was wide open, and Hackenberg sailed it over his head or bounced it to him. That can’t happen. In the three media-open OTAs, Hackenberg hit reporters with passes twice.”

Hughes also noted that Hackenberg threw some impressive passes, which is no surprise: Hackenberg’s arm strength has always been impressive, since his freshman year at Penn State. But unless he learns to put more touch on his passes, it’s hard to envision him ever becoming the starter the Jets thought he’d be when they made him a second-round draft pick.

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  1. xlivsaints says: Jun 8, 2017 5:59 PM

    How is this possible?! He played QB his whole life and now “forgot”?

  2. questionableopinion says: Jun 8, 2017 6:05 PM

    This is just part of the plan of the Jets to tank the season. He is merely doing his part and practicing to lead the Jets to the first overall pick.

  3. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 8, 2017 6:05 PM

    Hackenberg is the new Jimmy Clausen. Total bust, but also totally unclear why he is a bust. Nothing about his college tape indicated he’d be this bad in the NFL.

    At least Clausen had an attitude problem we can partially blame his failure on. After watching Hackenberg play at Penn State, I can’t fathom how he is so bad.

  4. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jun 8, 2017 6:07 PM

    I mean, you might as well have kept Tebow… right?

  5. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 8, 2017 6:13 PM

    Cut your losses now Jets! The unnamed assistant coach from last year who said he couldn’t hit the ocean seems spot on AGAIN…FOR A SECOND YEAR!

    This guy has got to go.

  6. ctiggs says: Jun 8, 2017 6:15 PM

    He is garbage

  7. planeluvr says: Jun 8, 2017 6:17 PM

    Already an improvement over Smith, Hackenburg does the hitting instead of being on the receiving end.

  8. friscokid49 says: Jun 8, 2017 6:19 PM

    he wants to be cut from the jets.

    who wouldn’t?

  9. tompapp1 says: Jun 8, 2017 6:20 PM

    I think its obvious the Jets need Jay Cutler.

  10. beanocook says: Jun 8, 2017 6:20 PM

    Lol… anyone could see this from his film at Penn State. Second he was replaced Penn State made Rosé Bowl!

    The NFL is obsessed with the idea it’s 1960 and the only QBs that can play position are tall, white stiffs.

  11. chetlemonbasketcatch says: Jun 8, 2017 6:20 PM

    You already know what I’m gonna say. #blackballed

  12. wabbitslayer says: Jun 8, 2017 6:27 PM

    Still better to have on team than pig socks.

  13. raiderinva says: Jun 8, 2017 6:34 PM

    Well at least Hackenberg has yet to clear a 16′ fence and nail a garage like RGIII was doing last year.

  14. georgeexley says: Jun 8, 2017 6:38 PM

    You gotta be kidding me ! Nope, its the Jets.

  15. fanfrommontreal says: Jun 8, 2017 6:39 PM

    This year Fireman Ed will quit for good.

  16. youbettercallsaul says: Jun 8, 2017 6:49 PM

    @ fanfrommontreal says:
    Jun 8, 2017 6:39 PM
    This year Fireman Ed will quit for good.


    Fireman Ed will take up badminton or curling as it will be more fun than watching the Jets.

  17. jhorton83 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:02 PM

    Using a 2nd round pick on Hackenberg was really stupid. An inaccurate QB at the college level isn’t going to suddenly become accurate in the pros. Kyle Boller comes to mind. Great arm strength but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Arm strength means nothing without accuracy. The Jets seemed to forget about that part.

  18. joestemme says: Jun 8, 2017 7:02 PM

    And, he was taken before Dak Prescott. Further, there were folks saying the Cowboys should have snapped him up!

    Good luck Jets. But, duck………

  19. mrpeepee says: Jun 8, 2017 7:08 PM

    How can people say this doesn’t make sense when you look at his college tape? He couldn’t have been more inconsistent

  20. v2787 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:23 PM

    Tebow used to do the same thing, remember? He sailed passes all over the lot.

  21. b1gmouth says: Jun 8, 2017 7:25 PM

    Whoever could have guessed that a QB who completed barely 56% of his passes in college would have accuracy problems as a pro?

  22. burtmustin says: Jun 8, 2017 7:35 PM

    Has Fireman Ed been given a tryout at QB? He couldn’t be any worse.

  23. nyneal says: Jun 8, 2017 7:36 PM

    Knowing the Jets, they’ll probably hire Tim Tebow to tutor Hackenberg.

  24. dinozzo27 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:39 PM

    They should change his number from 5 to 4….in case he throws again wildly, they can yell FOUR!!!! and people will duck

  25. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 8, 2017 7:46 PM

    The Hack is BACK!

  26. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:49 PM

    Same old Jets!

  27. 26predator says: Jun 8, 2017 7:52 PM

    That’s terrible for the fans. Hopefully he works out the kinks during the off season.

  28. bencoates57 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:58 PM

    Not a ringing endorsement for the defense either.

  29. bencoates57 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:00 PM

    Fireman Ed is a Patriots fan now.

  30. suncawy says: Jun 8, 2017 8:04 PM

    Amazing that the Jets thought this Hack was better than Dak Prescott ? Too funny.

  31. 5thorkid says: Jun 8, 2017 8:04 PM

    He will be a surprise cut in training camp this year. Book it!

  32. flipola says: Jun 8, 2017 8:20 PM

    That Jets stank does not wash off.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:21 PM

    ““He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I’m not talking about a receiver falling down. I’m saying the defender just dropped the ball.”

    So you’re saying the Jets defenders aren’t any better at getting INTs than Hackenberg is at throwing completions?

    Gonna be a long long season of humiliation for Jets fans.

  34. kevpft says: Jun 8, 2017 8:21 PM

    My prediction that he will never play a down for the Jets is holding steady, though the depths to which team ownership seems willing to go to tank is the most threatening variable at this point.

  35. bullcharger says: Jun 8, 2017 8:31 PM

    A QB named Hackenberg that is throwing the ball so badly he is hitting sideline reporters. Is it April 1st?

  36. bullcharger says: Jun 8, 2017 8:33 PM

    I feel sorry for the Bills, and Cleveland and Jacksonville etc. However, no matter how bad the Jets get I will be happy.

  37. deuce22222 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:40 PM

    In other news, “Kaepernick states that he has not received a call from the Jets…..”

  38. tonebones says: Jun 8, 2017 8:40 PM

    Practice doesn’t matter. It’s what you do on game day that counts. But Hackenberg was a terrible college QB. Why would anyone think that a bad college QB would become a good pro? Lots of good college QBs can’t even make it in the pros.

  39. dbarnes79 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:50 PM

    Second round pick. LOL. That’s the Jets for you.

  40. rainsarge says: Jun 8, 2017 8:55 PM

    They should dump the guy now he’s just not good

  41. hamlet423 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    This is not good. But not a total surprise–I was not thrilled when the Jets took him, nor was I happy he went with a 2nd round pick. No telling if another team was going to snap him up, but I just felt he was a huge reach.

    Given the 2017 season is going to be epic anyway, he should play and see just how bad he really is.

    Worse case scenario–Jets draft better QB in 2018.

    I mean #1 pick, tons of cap room, New york market, chance to get marquee QB–who knows, Jets could clean house and use full control to lure top flight candidate to take over.

    It would stink though–I mean the team is set up to bomb in 2017–firing the coach and GM when you fully intend to bomb would be kind of a d#ck move.

  42. ladyjet says: Jun 8, 2017 9:06 PM

    The best news for Hackenburg: No one on this page is an NFL coach, so he’ll probably be ok. He’s a young kid with some talent, hope he does well.

  43. tjacks7 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:17 PM

    Sounds like he’s getting better to me. At least he’s throwing in the right general direction now.

  44. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 8, 2017 9:19 PM

    Sounds like Tannehill in games.

  45. streetyson says: Jun 8, 2017 9:22 PM

    tompapp1 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 6:20 PM
    I think its obvious the Jets need Jay Cutler.
    I’d agree but there’s no point, because the Jets have recently shed nearly $70M of their veteran talent. Without doing some big signings like Jay etc, it’s clear the Jets aren’t even holding-pattern or rebuilding mode but in a clear tanking mode.

  46. jumprope1yahoocom says: Jun 8, 2017 9:43 PM

    If he really is that bad then everyone responsible for picking him should get fired. As a Jets fan I hope they do get the first pick in next years draft since it all begins with a good quarterback.

  47. jimbo75025 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:45 PM

    xlivsaints says:
    Jun 8, 2017 5:59 PM
    How is this possible?! He played QB his whole life and now “forgot”?

    He got the yips after being hit so many times at Penn State. Kind of like David Carr with the Texans.

    Any Penn State fans wanna weigh in with whether than was due to Franklins O or was just Hackenburg holding the ball too long? The few games I saw him play in college, it seemed like it more on Hackenburg

  48. thesmartestmanever says: Jun 8, 2017 9:55 PM

    I just googled who was the last good quarterback to be drafted from Penn State, my Google is still searching.

  49. absolutevisuals says: Jun 8, 2017 10:02 PM

    So he’s forcing things then. That’s basically what happens.

  50. mattseas says: Jun 8, 2017 11:40 PM

    Wow. Makes the Austin Davis signing look good.

  51. sire703 says: Jun 9, 2017 12:14 AM

    Kaepernick is still out there and still there best option at qb for this team.

  52. trollaikman8 says: Jun 9, 2017 12:46 AM

    Yeah but he has a cannon for an arm and prototypical height.

    -Scouts ranked him higher than Dak.

  53. trollaikman8 says: Jun 9, 2017 12:47 AM

    Also, thumbs up if you want to see the Jets go 0-16 this year.

  54. rabidbillsfan says: Jun 9, 2017 12:56 AM

    This is a surprise? He was “figured out” his last season at Penn st., but it seemed like everybody blamed everybody but him for his struggles. The kid is just not that good. Petty I think can pan out, so long as he stays healthy. However, this is just going to backfire if the Jets are truly trying to tank. This isn’t the NHL of NBA, not only does it take more than one “super star” to turn a team into a contender, it takes a system and grooming for 80% of rookie to be great out of college. Football isn’t “football” everywhere, where as playing hockey or basketball is less system dependent and individual talent weighs more. Great, draft a QB first overall. Whose he going to throw to? How can you properly judge your QB’s on your roster when you’re trotting out scrubs for him to throw to? What if your franchise guy is already on the roster, then you can take the best player available?

  55. citpyrc says: Jun 9, 2017 1:18 AM

    Nice 1 and 15. Just try and figure out the 1 though.

  56. ronfai says: Jun 9, 2017 4:08 AM

    Jets coaches watching from sideline: “that’ll do just fine”

  57. birdmantd says: Jun 9, 2017 4:16 AM

    The only saving grace is being a 2nd round pick, the Jets can move on from him quicker than say if he was the #1 overall pick they tradde up to get. *cough goff goff*

  58. nyneal says: Jun 9, 2017 5:11 AM

    burtmustin says:
    Jun 8, 2017 7:35 PM
    Has Fireman Ed been given a tryout at QB? He couldn’t be any worse.


    Fireman Ed was one of the most passionate Jets fans ever. I was at the game when the Jets had some of their past players on the field at half time to honor them. Fireman Ed always wore Jets jersey #42, which belonged to former Jets punt returner Bruce Harper, Ed’s favorite Jets player.
    When the ceremony concluded, Harper ran across the field and climbed up in the stands to give Fireman Ed and his brother hugs. The place went nuts.
    Even Fireman Ed couldn’t take it anymore and he left at halftime of the Patriots 49 – 19 slaughter of the Jets in 2012, and announced he was done doing his J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets cheering. He got as much publicity by “retiring” as any Jets player would have gotten.
    Maybe Fireman Ed could play QB for the Jets. He can’t be any worse than what they have now, as you say.

  59. john baxter says: Jun 9, 2017 6:15 AM

    All these Talent evaluators like to remind everyone that drafting a player is not a science but there is some common sense to it.

    If you are not accurate in college, the chances of getting better in the pros is a difficult one. You have better athletes and the wide open window you see in college rarely happens in the pros. I didn’t watch Penn State’s games when Hackenberg was there to truly evaluate him but from the highlights I saw, he looked average at best. And you had the QB guru in Jon Gruden singing his praises during draft time. Of course, everyone was trying to evaluate him over the success he had in Bill O’Brien’s offense his freshman year.

    Evaluating players might not be easy but sometimes, these guys need to get out of their own head. The best QB in the league right now is a lanky kid people taught couldn’t throw. And it hurts me to say that as a Steeler’s fan. One of the best WR is a short skinny guy people taught was not fast enough or strong enough to play in the league. Teams need to stop with the extreme emphasis on measurables and just evaluate the player. By the way, I was talking about Brady and Brown.

  60. bencoates57 says: Jun 9, 2017 6:53 AM

    I saw him hit the Durham bull.

  61. thekillernacho says: Jun 9, 2017 7:39 AM

    Did anyone actually think Hack was going to ever make it in the NFL? He was one of the most obvious 2nd round busts in awhile

  62. hitman21st says: Jun 9, 2017 7:52 AM

    hamlet423 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    Worse case scenario–Jets draft better QB in 2018.

    I mean #1 pick, tons of cap room, New york market, chance to get marquee QB–who knows, Jets could clean house and use full control to lure top flight candidate to take over.


    Here comes Mark Sanchez 2.0!

  63. bbecommish says: Jun 9, 2017 8:11 AM

    In his last year at Penn State early season loss to Temple 11/25 for 103 yes. 1 Int, 3.2 QBR. He was sacked TEN times in the game. PSU’s O-Line was bad (due to lost scholarships) but those are horrific stats.

    Horrible GM move to draft in the 2nd round

  64. flpatsfan says: Jun 9, 2017 8:16 AM

    The boys are back in town!

  65. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 9, 2017 9:02 AM

    Jest!!!! He looked terrible on film at Penn State..

  66. RegisHawk says: Jun 9, 2017 9:11 AM

    In other news, “Kaepernick states that he has not received a call from the Jets…..”

    Makes sense…looks like they already have the younger version of him…

  67. kneedragr says: Jun 9, 2017 9:29 AM

    I agree with the others, he is just practicing his tanking drills. He will be the day one starter if he under-performs this well.

  68. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Jun 9, 2017 9:46 AM

    Bad college QBs never become good NFL QBs

  69. jimmyjohns01 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:07 AM

    Well he was never really that good.

    The real issue is why are defenders dropping the ball? That’s freebie, regardless if it’s practice or real games.

  70. cmoney20 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:07 AM

    I love to sit there and just imagine Hackenberg practicing. I just crack up to myself for hours.

  71. urmomsmyho says: Jun 9, 2017 10:21 AM

    This story is a little ridiculous.
    Is Hack good, probably not.
    But they reporter makes it seem like Hack overthrew his receiver by 20 yards too high and it launched into reporters way off in the distance.
    If you see the play he was referring to, it was a quick out to the sidelines and there were reporters were standing right next to the play.

    Again, not defending Hack, he’ll probably not be good but the headline is a bit ridiculous/exaggerated.

  72. kevpft says: Jun 9, 2017 10:21 AM

    And Romo, Cutler, and Kaepernick have all been passed over for jobs.

    Proof, fans, that NFL owners don’t care about the quality of your NFL experience, or trying their hardest. They’ll compromise the “integrity of the game” over a dollar in a heartbeat.

  73. patslaya says: Jun 9, 2017 10:26 AM

    The Steve Sax of the NFL.

  74. breadmeatcheese says: Jun 9, 2017 10:55 AM

    jets have already thrown in the towel on him.

    if they wanted him, the trolls would be saying “he works hard, but has a long way to go,” or something as such.

  75. realityonetwo says: Jun 9, 2017 11:11 AM

    Can the reporters catch?

  76. beherenow261 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:39 AM

    I watched Hack during his years a Penn State and he was always inconsistent…he actually got worse after his year under Jim O’Brien. I was shocked that he was drafted as high as the second round but he does have everything you’d want in a QB …except accuracy and consistency.

  77. troylok says: Jun 9, 2017 11:41 AM

    Maybe the reporter had split the zone and was really open.

    Maybe Hackenberg thought the playing field went East to West instead of North to South.

    Maybe Hackenberg is precisely the QB the Jets need… for tanking the season.

    Maybe Kevin Costner whispered to Hackenberg on the sideline, “Hit the bull”.

    Maybe he saw Decker on the sideline and he thought he was still playing with the Jets.

  78. MichaelEdits says: Jun 9, 2017 12:06 PM

    This sounds like how I used to fling it, which might be why I was never a starting quarterback in the NFL.

  79. tunechi90 says: Jun 11, 2017 9:48 PM

    Apparently it his the grass then bounced into Rich Cimini. Not a story.

  80. veracityguy says: Jun 14, 2017 3:41 PM

    Were the reporters wearing Jets jerseys? Maybe he just needs glasses.

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