Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for seventh-round pick

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The Christian Hackenberg era has come to an end for the Jets, after zero games played.

Hackenberg has been traded to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The Jets took Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, so to settle for a seventh-round pick for him now is a major disappointment. But realistically, it was never going to work for Hackenberg with the Jets: He looked bad in preseason action and the practices that were open to the public, and with Sam Darnold now in town, there was zero chance of Hackenberg ever emerging as the Jets’ starter.

Can he do anything in Oakland? Raiders coach Jon Gruden was a fan of Hackenberg’s coming out of Penn State, saying before the 2016 draft that Hackenberg should be a first-round pick. So Gruden may think Hackenberg has a chance.

In Oakland, Hackenberg will be competing for a backup spot behind Derek Carr. Perhaps Gruden can help him develop into a starter some day. That day is likely a long way away, but at least he has a coach who likes his potential now that he’s a Raider. With the Jets, the Hackenberg experiment was doomed to failure.

56 responses to “Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for seventh-round pick

  1. Nice to see him finally get a shot. Jets never gave him a real chance, even when he outshined Petty/McCown they never even tried him out. For a cost that low I’m definitely taking a shot on him, if he can unlock that freshman season at PSU when he played flawlessly in an NFL system, this is a steal.

    Obviously there’s an incredibly low floor and he probably won’t pan out, but at least he’ll get a fair shot in Oakland. The Jets were far too dysfunctional to even try.

  2. All he has to do is beat out EJ Manuel. If he can’t do that he should get CFL contact info from Johnny Manziel.

  3. Lolz thought the headline said “Jets trade Hackenberg for Seven Up” when I first read it.

    He has to be worth at least a few cases of a soft drink right?

  4. It’s obvious Gruden is not sold on Connor Cook. At the worst, Hackenberg provides some QB competition between Cook and Manuel. If he doesn’t make the roster, you lose nothing. If he beats out Manuel and/or Cook for the backup job, you lose a 7th, but improve your QB room. And he’s available to flip for future pick consideration down the road (the original plan with Cook). It’s a win win for the Raiders.

  5. Hmmmm

    I will predict Pats fans will celebrate the ineptitude of the Jets here

    Yet

    Soon enough, on another article, they will tout the prowess of the AFC East over the years, and deny that they have benefited from a cakewalk schedule every year since 2002.

    Cool

  6. I know it’s not that nuts to take a bit of a flyer on a QB in the 2nd round, but this guy’s horrendous accuracy issues made this a bad pick from second one.

  7. And so the Hackenberg era ends. What, I wonder, will Jets fans remember of this time? Will they recall the day he was drafted, the day he was traded, or any of the days in between? Will kids someday dig out the Hackenberg jerseys they bought in 2016? Will anyone even remember he was a Jet?

  8. Awesome so when Carr gets injured by week 6 Raiders have a QB. So happy this guys in our division

  9. At least this kid will get a shot. He had zero chance with the Jets. Yes, maybe he was drafted too high, but with what the Jets rolled out on the field the last two seasons, one would think at some point they would have given him a start or at least “mop up” duty.

  10. If anything, this is a signal that they are committing to Bridgewater after seeing him fully active in the offseason program. He’s definitely in the mix for the starting job.

  11. He is so laughably awful that the Jets hid him by not playing him in a lost year.

    Horrible trade for the Raiders, even considering the price. He’s not a professional QB.

  12. mtvasuvius says:
    May 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    Nice to see him finally get a shot. Jets never gave him a real chance, even when he outshined Petty/McCown they never even tried him out. For a cost that low I’m definitely taking a shot on him, if he can unlock that freshman season at PSU when he played flawlessly in an NFL system, this is a steal.

    Obviously there’s an incredibly low floor and he probably won’t pan out, but at least he’ll get a fair shot in Oakland. The Jets were far too dysfunctional to even tr
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    He never outshined Petty or McCown, Hack played like garbage last preseason.

  13. sorry, but Hack did not “outshine” McCown or Petty. McCown was ranked #10 overall before his injury, and Petty clearly outplayed Hack throughout the preseason. Jets have their 3 Qb’s, no reps for a fourth that would have been released.

  14. The reason the Jets did not give him a start or mop up duty was so they could get a 7th rounder from some unsuspecting organization.

  15. Why? Hackenberg is trash. I wouldn’t of wanted to sign him for the league minimum if he was a FA. Trading a 7th is usually never a bad trade but we got fleeced in this deal.

  16. weepingjebus says:
    May 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Aww, now I need to come up with new Jets jokes. This is going to be tough!
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    It’s the Jests, they’ll provide you with fresh fodder just give them a minute.

  17. This dude said he outshined Petty and McCown. I want whatever he’s on!

  18. I’m surprised that the Jets didn’t give the Raiders the 7th round pick for taking him. But Jon Gruden never found a QB who he didn’t like on his TV show.

  19. weepingjebus says:
    May 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Aww, now I need to come up with new Jets jokes. This is going to be tough!

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    No need for a “new” joke… this one speaks for itself. Getting nothing for a recent 2nd Rounder is funny enough. Jets being the Jets again.

  20. The jets wanted him to succeed, and he failed miserably. He’s terrible, and would have been cut.

  21. That means the Vikings comp. pick for Bridgewater just ticked upward. Good luck Teddy!

  22. Gosh. A 7th round pick could be used on a lineman with a big body that might make it all the way to final roster cuts before being shuffled to the scout team.

    Which sounds 10x better then Christian Hackenberg.

  23. and John Gruden and Reggie continue to make great moves and the low life losers on here will continue to troll

  24. I always believe that Hackenberg has the talent. As to why he never developed or got a chance with the Jets it could just be the coaching staff. Hackenberg issue was the deer in the headlights that he developed during his first yr at penn state when they had no lineman to protect him.

  25. No need for a “new” joke… this one speaks for itself. Getting nothing for a recent 2nd Rounder is funny enough. Jets being the Jets again.
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    Oh come on now, that’s not true…..they got a 7th rd pick back.

  26. Somebody has to help the Raiders move to Las Vegas. Why not Hackenberg? The Big boxes go over here and the little boxes go over there.

  27. I honestly never thought that any of those guys got an honest chance. Petty had the most raw talent by far coming out of Baylor, but considering that Art Briles did not even have a written playbook (much less run a pro style offense), it was no surprise he would need time. Hackenberg was an accomplished collegiate starter who just…disappeared. I mean, honestly, it was as if he never got drafted. But he was supposed to be the heir apparent, and Petty was relegated to mop up duty with an injury depleted roster while Hackenberg recovered from sort of nonspecific injury. But Petty at least showed them something, all while not being ever being treated as a potential starter.

    Who failed here? The QBs? The Jets? College in general? Tim Tebow? I have no solid answer, and I’m not trying to pile on either Hackenberg or the Jets, but the way they covered Hackenberg up and threw Petty to the wolves didn’t do either of their young QBs any favors. Their QB coaching staff had to have dropped the ball here-not that any of these guys were All-Pros, but considering how Fitzpatrick regressed and streakiness of the Jets offense even with veteran QBs it makes them look like they didn’t know how to handle their QBs. But now they’ve got a new draftee who looks to be more talented than either Petty or Hackenberg, and he has a better mentor in McCown. Hopefully Darnold turns out better for them, it seems like he has a better shot than anyone else recently.

  28. “Everybody’s got a dream man.”
    Hack’s a good kid, and he wasn’t done any favors by the changes in OC every season with the JETS, but he was given every chance to take the starting gig last year and couldn’t beat out Josh McCown for QB 1 or Bryce Petty for the #2 spot. How many chances do you get? The bottom line with “Two a Days” a thing of the past, developing players with the limited number of camp reps you have is impossible when you’re trying to install your playbook. Good luck and Godspeed young man, maybe on some star-crossed night in Vegas both of the Raiders QB’s will go down, and you’ll be pressed into action and light it up, or not.
    “It’s hard out here for a pimp.”

  29. Anyone harking on how Hackenberg has a shot with the Raiders never watched him play. He couldn’t come within 5 yards of a receiver. It was literally comical to watch the Jets preseason games. He should not be in the NFL. He will never develop past being a project. Seems like a nice guy, so best of luck to him.

  30. Some of these comments remind me of Vikings fans regarding TBW. “He never had a chance, now he will.” You know what, they saw him everyday in practice. They knew what they had. He had a chance and he just doesn’t cut it. Stop with the excuses.

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