Hackenberg Still No. 3 QB For Jets


With the promotion of backup Bryce Petty to starting quarterback for the New York Jets, it would seem obvious that they’re auditioning young players because the season is lost.

One of those players isn’t likely to be rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg, as he will remain No. 3 on the team’s depth chart according to head coach Todd Bowles.

“Fitzpatrick will back-up right now,” Bowles explained. “Hackenberg will take some reps and we’ll see how he goes in the next coming weeks.”

When asked for a reason why Hackenberg was third-string, Bowles had this to say: “He hasn’t taken the reps. The other guys have taken all the reps. To just throw him in there right now would be a disservice to the kid.”

Again, who controls the reps?

If anyone is doing “the kid” a disservice it’s his head coach.

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Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.