Mike Maccagnan: Final chapter on Christian Hackenberg hasn’t been written

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Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan made quarterback Christian Hackenberg a second-round pick during the 2016 draft, which might lead some to assume that he’d like to see Hackenberg play in a game at some point.

On Tuesday, though, Maccagnan said he was just fine with coach Todd Bowles’ decision not to get Hackenberg into a regular season game in either of his first two seasons. Hackenberg is the third quarterback since the merger to get drafted in the first two rounds and not play in his first two seasons.

Despite that, Maccagnan said that he thinks Hackenberg has improved over his first two years in the NFL and spoke about him as if he’s part of the team’s plans for the future.

“Players develop at different paces,” Maccagnan said, via the New York Daily News. “Christian is only 22 years old. I don’t think his final chapter has been written yet.”

It’s hard to write a final chapter when you refuse to write the first one, but it’s hard not to draw some conclusions about what one might put on paper about a player who sat behind Bryce Petty for the final weeks of a 5-11 season.

25 responses to “Mike Maccagnan: Final chapter on Christian Hackenberg hasn’t been written

  1. Lies! You didn’t play him because it would have been an immediate indictment on your evaluation skills. Who has ever drafted anyone let alone a position of dire need at QB, in the 2nd Round and he hasn’t played a single snap?? Not even preseason???? I bet he plays know that you’ve got your extension though. How did ownership not see this ploy???

  2. Hackenberg was a terrible college QB. Sometimes great college QB’s don’t make it in the NFL, but there’s never been an instance where a bad college QB made a good pro. Everyone makes mistakes, but admit it and move on. When your owner doesn’t give a hoot about winning it trickles down.

  3. playedthegame32 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Lies! You didn’t play him because it would have been an immediate indictment on your evaluation skills. Who has ever drafted anyone let alone a position of dire need at QB, in the 2nd Round and he hasn’t played a single snap?? Not even preseason???? I bet he plays know that you’ve got your extension though. How did ownership not see this ploy???

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    Um sorry to quibble but Hackenberg played in the preseason in 2016 (17-47 passing, 1 TD) and 2017 (42-74 passing, 2 TDS).

  4. They refuse to play him and the Jets beat writers last year said he couldn’t hit the side of a barn in practice, much less be able to hit a receiver in live play.

    Pretty much the definition of over reaching in the draft to get a bust

  5. I have faith in Maccagnan.i think he has had some solid drafts compared to our past gm’s. I have not given up on Hackenberg. It takes about 3 to 4 years to develop a qb before you know what you got. I will side with Macc, until the jury is out on Hack, before i side with board warriors that were screaming after we past on Paxton Lynch in the same draft.

  6. Um sorry to quibble but Hackenberg played in the preseason in 2016 (17-47 passing, 1 TD) and 2017 (42-74 passing, 2 TDS).

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    Would be interesting to see if his stat line looks impressive in the 2018 preseason, and when he finally does start, plays well. All of the talking heads will be touting the genius of the organization and why it’s so important to let a QB take the necessary time to develop. The reality is this is a what have you done for me lately business, and any player that sits for a long time, regardless of draft position will be written off.

  7. What Maccagnan really said “Wow, Hackenberg is terrible. Even after 2 years, he’s just awful. By all means, keep him off the field so the owner doesn’t realize how stupid I was for blowing a 2nd round pick on this turkey.”

  8. Well yeah, of course he’s shown improvement. It’s hard not to when he’s been playing against the Jets Defense in practice.

  9. bobthebillsfan says:
    January 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    While I have to agree with harrisonhits2, one has to wonder when Tom Brady would have started had Drew Bledsoe not been injured.

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    Obviously not an answerable question, but my guess is that Bill would have traded Bledsoe in the coming (2002) offseason regardless. He has been known to trade popular players with high trade value. He obviously saw something in Brady as he went from the 4th string (who even carries 4 QB’s?) to 2nd string QB in two seasons. Sure it could have played out differently but Drew was pretty much done in NE.

  10. Obviously, he is not good enough to play. They drafted him too high. But, that does not mean that the team is obligated to play him to confirm this fact to everyone else. Probably, he will be in for a pay decrease at some point.

  11. Just play the guy some, and see what he can do. If he’s not good, then hey, you move on. If he does well, you play him some more and see if he is actually good. Some guys only get better by actually playing too.

    If the JETs missed on him, big deal.

    Ron Wolf felt you draft a QB every year, even if you had a good one.

  12. “Hackenberg is the third quarterback since the merger to get drafted in the first two rounds and not play in his first two seasons.”
    So, who were the other two, and what kind of careers did they have? I guessed Rodgers, but he had a snap or two each of his first three seasons of sitting…

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