Christian Hackenberg got more first-team reps on Monday


Unlike quarterback competitions with other teams, the Jets have not chosen to rotate Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg with the first-team offense from day to day during training camp.

McCown has gotten almost all of the first-team work to open camp, making it fair to wonder if Hackenberg will get a serious look as a starter for the first week of the season. If he is, it may have started on Monday.

Per multiple reports, Hackenberg took six reps with the first team during 11-on-11 work and that represents his longest run with the starting offense so far this summer. Coach Todd Bowles wouldn’t say if that would be a one-day experiment or an ongoing change to the way reps are doled out.

“It’s possible,” Bowles said in comments distributed by the team. “It’s the second week of camp. Like I said, we’ll rotate them and evaluate them as we see fit. Going forward, we may or may not. We’ll switch guys around here and there at every position. It’s still an evaluation period. We’ll see probably everybody with every group.”

That looks like a big step up in a week for Hackenberg. Tim Rohan of reports that the first Monday of camp saw Hackenberg struggle to break a huddle correctly twice, earning him a quick hook from drills and likely contributing to his lack of first-team work over the first week of training camp.

Bowles didn’t say who would start the team’s first preseason game against the Titans on Saturday, although it would seem likely that McCown would get the nod unless Monday’s reps represented a new view on how the team is playing things out this summer.

12 responses to “Christian Hackenberg got more first-team reps on Monday

  1. Everything i read up to that draft had him rated mid to late round developmental pick. Of course, the Jets took him in the 2nd.

  2. I’m pulling for Hack to succeed, for the “light to go on”. Not sure it’ll happen, but you never know.

  3. How did he not break the huddle correctly? Did he head the wrong direction? Ask to be carried back to the line by other players a la Jim Schwartz? I feel like this is important.

  4. I went to the Jets scrimmage on Saturday at Metlife and he’s not nearly as bad as reporters make him out to be. Big, strong arm, and accuracy can be spotty at times but not like he’s throwing it into the ground or hitting reporters on the sideline. He’s going to make some poor decisions as well but he’s basically a rookie. I wouldn’t just write him off like a lot of people do.

  5. I went to the Jets camp this year and last year. Huddle problems and some spotty accuracy at times aside he has been far and away better than McCown so far in my opinion. His mechanics and footwork have improved from his time at Penn State and last year and he’s been slinging it. I’m not saying he’s the future franchise QB but, if Bowles goes with McCown week 1 it’s time to seriously start questioning his judgement.

  6. “I’m not saying he’s the future franchise QB but, if Bowles goes with McCown week 1 it’s time to seriously start questioning his judgement.”

    Totally agree. McCown is, at best, Ryan Fitzpatrick. We gain nothing with him. I’d go with either Hack or Petty before McCown.

  7. We need video and graphics on how the huddles, back to back, were not broken correctly. This is something even Manziel got correctly, and who knows what that dude was on when under center.

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