Christian Hackenberg clears waivers

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No one wants Christian Hackenberg.

Hackenberg, the quarterback who was the Jets’ 2016 second-round draft pick, was waived by the Raiders yesterday and went unclaimed on waivers today, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

That raises the question of whether Hackenberg will ever play in an NFL game. He never got on the field for the Jets and lasted only a few weeks of the offseason with the Raiders.

Given Jon Gruden’s professed love of Hackenberg when he was coming out of Penn State, Hackenberg must have looked bad during his brief stint in Oakland not to even get a chance to prove himself as a camp arm. NFL teams may have simply concluded that Hackenberg simply lacks the ability to become even a reliable NFL backup, let alone the starter the Jets hoped he’d be when they drafted him.

At age 23 and just two years after he was a second-round draft pick, Hackenberg might be done in the NFL.

41 responses to “Christian Hackenberg clears waivers

  1. To be fair, I don’t think anyone knowledgeable had him as a 2nd round pick before the 2016 draft. The Jets clearly reached badly. No matter what physical gifts they may have, inaccurate QBs in college tend to be even more inaccurate at the pro level. I suspect that’s going to be the case for Josh Allen as well.

  2. He just got signed by the xfl…..name on the back of the jersey will be “He cut me”

  3. Jon Gruden thinks everyone is a great QB including Hackenburg, Mike Pence, Michael Moore, Gumby, and the T-Rex from the Jurassic Park movies. Pretty sure I wouldn’t put any stock in what he says, thinks, or does.

  4. Will be interesting to see him in an AAF or XFL uniform.

    Or, depending on how well he’s saved his money, he could retire at 23. $4.66 million.

  5. The poor guy might actually have to go out and find a real job. My heart goes out to him.

    He had a real job. Does your “real job” have a nearly 300 pound athlete running at you to destroy you and give you concussions? Probably not. His real job was just more dangerous, cooler and pays better than your “real job”.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    June 13, 2018 at 6:08 pm
    …and people bust on the Bucs for drafting Aquyo with one of their two #2 picks….at least he’s still on the Chargers roster. Some bad GMs in the NFL.
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    Yes BUT the Charger give up nothing for him, people bust on the Bucs, because they drafted a KICKER in the 2nd round AND he’s not on their team, not hard to understand…

  7. nhpats says:
    June 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Just to mess with the Jets BB will pick him up and turn him into a quality player
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    No he wont….and he couldnt even if he wanted to. Fanboy.

  8. I think the AAF and XFL will be good for guys like this who could not develop properly in the NFL. He was a victim of numbers and very few reps to go around in Oakland. They felt they had too msny QBs and not enough d line… hence Rucker and Rubin

  9. “This is why you need to get a degree kids. good luck.”

    If he’s been smart and hasn’t yet blown all of that 2nd round pick money then he should have plenty left over to finish his degree, go to grad school, buy a house…etc.

  10. “Just to mess with the Jets BB will pick him up and turn him into a quality player”

    Yet he couldn’t do a thing with Mallett, which is basically Arkansas slang for Hackenberg with an attitude.

  11. thenewguy12 says:
    June 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm
    “Just to mess with the Jets BB will pick him up and turn him into a quality player”

    Yet he couldn’t do a thing with Mallett
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    Really? Looks like BB drafted him, got 4 years out of him as a serviceable backup and then traded him to Houston. If he “couldn’t do a thing with Mallett”, he’d have done what the Jets did with Hackenburg, namely to draft him, never let him play 1 down, then dump him.

  12. “Really? Looks like BB drafted him, got 4 years out of him as a serviceable backup”

    3rd round pick. 4 career snaps with New England. Traded for a 7th round pick. Yeah he was a smashing success.

  13. I’m surprised Bill O’Brien hasn’t picked him up to at least be a camp arm and possibly have a chance to compete for a backup role, Hackenberg played well in his offense at PSU.

  14. thenewguy12 says:
    June 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    3rd round pick. 4 career snaps with New England. Traded for a 7th round pick. Yeah he was a smashing success.
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    This isn’t that complicated.

    Mallett was drafted as a backup QB on an inexpensive rookier deal. The starter played lights out and never got injured. Hence the backup never got to play. Are you suggesting they should have put Mallett in anyway? Or maybe you are suggesting NE didn’t need a back up QB at all? What exactly are you saying?

    They got 4 years of a backup QB on a rookie deal, then moved him out and drafted another rookie to fill that role cheap.

  15. Had a good freshman year when he was surrounded by NFL talent but sucked from then on at the college level. I don’t view him as a bust. He was an easy to see UFA non-talent, the bust was the GM drafting him at all.

  16. steves11 says:
    June 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    The poor guy might actually have to go out and find a real job. My heart goes out to him.
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    It always amazes me the way supposed “fans” look at players. IMHO, it is a “real job,” and one that is very difficult to get and keep. Or is a real job just punching a clock somewhere doing something that has zero competition and requires no skills? Hate people because they get paid all you want, but to even sniff the NFL requires succeeding at an elite level in a trade.

  17. jagsfan1 says:
    June 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    nhpats says:
    June 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Just to mess with the Jets BB will pick him up and turn him into a quality player
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    No he wont….and he couldnt even if he wanted to. Fanboy.

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    Awwwww…..is someone still hurt the Pats knocked his team out of the playoffs?

  18. “dirtdawg53 says: June 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm: Jon Gruden thinks everyone is a great QB including Hackenburg, Mike Pence, Michael Moore, Gumby, and the T-Rex from the Jurassic Park movies. Pretty sure I wouldn’t put any stock in what he says, thinks, or does.”

    To be fair, Gumby does have a good arm.

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