Stashing Hackenberg on IR could solve the Jets’ quarterback quandary

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How does a team with four quarterbacks on the roster keep all of them without carrying all of them roster? By stashing one of them on injured reserve.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News makes the case for using IR as the spot for rookie Christian Hackenberg, allowing the Jets to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Bryce Petty on the roster once the season starts.

Technically, a player has to be injured to be placed on injured reserve. But if the player goes along with it, who’s to stop it from happening?

Teams misuse IR all the time. Some teams have been accused from time to time of using players on IR in practice, even though that’s never supposed to happen.

With each team now allowed to permit one player per year to return from injured reserve, Hackenberg could (in theory) be brought back to the 53-man roster, if for example the Jets were to find a trade partner for Petty or Smith.

If the Jets are reluctant to cut Smith or Petty, using IR as the landing spot for Hackenberg makes the most sense. Especially since they have yet to put him in either of the team’s two preseason games.

32 responses to “Stashing Hackenberg on IR could solve the Jets’ quarterback quandary

  1. This would require the Jets to carry him onto the 53 man roster before placing him on IR, or placing him on waivers/injured right now (and hope nobody claims him) to get him to IR.

    If they carry him to the 53 (which is the only option where they would keep him), they may lose someone else they like and want to use this year to another team.

    Worth it? Probably not. Just cut Geno. You know there’s nothing there and he’s gone after this year anyway.

  2. The funny thing is it’s not like the Jets have so many talented QBs they don’t have spots for them therefore necessitating such a tactic. We’re talking about 1 mediocre QB, 2 crappy QBs, and 1 rookie that looks like he’s destined to be crappy as well.

  3. Since Tom Brady joined the Patriots the jet starting qb’s have been- Fitzy, Geno, Vick, Sanchise, McElroy, Clemmons, Favre, Pennington, Bolinger, Testerverde

    Any questions on Hackenburg?

  4. Hackenberg could go on live TV running the Chicago Marathon doing bicep curls while on IR and the league would fine the Jets $100.

  5. Putting Hackenberg on IR means he’s not allowed to practice but I think he can still be with the team and go to quarterback meetings, etc. Still kind of a wasted year though and weird for a second round pick.

  6. “spaceforthepoppa says:
    Aug 23, 2016 1:18 PM

    There’s a problem with the story:

    “Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News …”
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    Ah, ye olde tactic of shooting the messenger on PFT. There’s not a journalist, analyst, or commentator that PFT readers actually like. They inexplicably think that the media is out to “get their team” or favorite player.

  7. you can just put him on the practice squad. Nobody is going to want him on their active roster. I’m sure somebody will give him an offer to be on their practice squad. So unless you think he will jump to someone else practice squad. I don’t think its necessary, plus you get to have him practice all year.

  8. They would get more trade partners for Hackenberg than the other two I feel. Petty more than Smith. Geno has shown he was nothing more than a 1 read college spread QB that can’t hack it in the NFL. Essentially Tebow minus the media attention.

  9. I think that the Steelers, Cleveland, Broncos, Cowboys, Bears, Redskins, and Rams would all pluck Hackenberg off the wire before he had a chance to make the practice squad.

  10. upper23 says:
    Aug 23, 2016 1:44 PM

    you can just put him on the practice squad. Nobody is going to want him on their active roster. I’m sure somebody will give him an offer to be on their practice squad. So unless you think he will jump to someone else practice squad. I don’t think its necessary, plus you get to have him practice all year.
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    Have you seen the QB depth chart for some of the teams in the NFL? a guy with the physical talents of Hackenberg coupled with the ego of some of these “QB guru” coaches, and he will be on an active roster, claimed on waivers without question if the Jets try to sneak him through to the practice squad.

    Not saying he is worth it, but there is a lot more potential in this kid than in a lot of players currently on NFL rosters. Heck, Houston might take a run at him.

  11. upper23 says:
    Aug 23, 2016 1:44 PM
    you can just put him on the practice squad. Nobody is going to want him on their active roster. I’m sure somebody will give him an offer to be on their practice squad. So unless you think he will jump to someone else practice squad. I don’t think its necessary, plus you get to have him practice all year.

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    As an avid Penn State fan who has watched just about every game over the past few years, I can attest to the fact that he’s pure garbage and I don’t expect him to be any good in the NFL. As an avid Steelers fan, I can also attest to the fact that if he did get put on the practice squad, and anyone in our front office had half a brain left, we would pick him up immediately. No way does a 2nd round pick just slip through the cracks like that.

  12. Petty has shown more than Smith or Hackenburg ever has. It really doesn’t matter which of those they cut (or put on IR) as they clearly aren’t capable of starting at QB in the NFL.

  13. If the Jets wanted to pull that, they should have started the ruse sooner. I’m not saying AJ McCarron wasn’t injured his rookie year, but the Bengals immediately put him on the NFI list with a shoulder injury, making his rookie year essentially a medical redshirt year.

    I love to hate on Hackenberg, but I call BS on the Penn State fan saying he’s pure garbage. I can’t believe I’m defending Hackenberg here, but he’s got NFL size, a big arm, and a pedigree that made him one of the top HS recruits in the country. Giving him time to sit and develop would do the team and player a lot of good.

  14. He’s really that bad? Jets fans, what is going on in your front office?

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    Let’s see. We got a new GM and went 10-6. Sept 11 will start the second year of his tenure. Thanks for asking.

  15. The Jets could cut Geno Smith and the only team that would even think about signing him would be the land of misfit QB’s, the cleveland dog piles.

    Cutting Geno would save money and might increase the team’s collective IQ.

  16. Just do what you know is required, cut Geno, he has no future as an NFL QB, unless someone wants him to use the wildcat offense, and he’s mess that up too.

  17. Some of you people here are clueless on how the NFL works. You can’t just put some one on IR just to put on IR. If a player is injured…to be place on IR he has to be waived and if he goes unclaimed then he reverts to IR….This is the same as putting him on the practice squad…In order to be on the practice squad…the player must be waived/cut from the team and wait a day to see if he goes unclaimed before going to the Practice squad….That being said, even if he was injured he could be claimed by another team before jets can put him on IR. So here’s how its gonna go. Hackenberg isn’t going anywhere…He will be on the roster the entire season as the 3rd string. The jets will play Geno and Bryce Petty and whomever performs the best will be the one that gets traded for a 5th round draft pick or so. You’re welcome 🙂

  18. Or … again this season the NYJ could just have one of there scrubs punch the extra QB in the face and break his jaw. Problem solved.

  19. BINGO!! And im not sure why everyone thinks under bill obrian he was so great…

    His first season w/bill compared to his senior season…stats were fairly similar. 58% VS 54% Completion…As well as 20 TDs vs 16 TDs, 10 Interceptions vs 6 Interceptions. Not tooooo different, maybe he’s just not ready and they took him just too high.. they would sure love dak prescott

  20. rcali says:
    Aug 23, 2016 4:06 PM
    He’s really that bad? Jets fans, what is going on in your front office?
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    The front office is doing a great job.

    10-6 last year and big improvements this year.

    You read an article and you decide he stinks on the basis of that? Which boat did you just get off of? Some leaky dinghy?

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