Christian Hackenberg did not play a snap during his rookie season.
Even with the New York Jets’ stumbling offense and messy quarterback situation, the Penn State product and second-round pick was stuck on the sidelines. Some people have already written off Hackenberg as a bust for his inability to get on the field, but one of his teammates recently came to his defense.
Jets wideout Brandon Marshall spoke highly of Hackenberg in an interview with WFAN last week. Marshall — a six-time Pro Bowl selection — said he “loves” Hackenberg and his big arm.
Jets Wire published Marshall’s quotes on Hackenberg, including comparisons to some of the best quarterbacks in NFL history:
“I mean, from Day 1, (he’d say), ‘Brandon, hey, when are you watching film? I want to go sit in that room with you and watch film.’ That’s what I love about quarterbacks. That’s what I love, like the guys who have that Tom Brady, that Peyton Manning leadership quality, the guys that are gym rats — that’s Hackenberg.”
With the Jets moving on from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Hackenberg will have a chance to compete for the starting spot heading into next season. And the team’s top target thinks the former Nittany Lion has a shot.
“The kid has a chance,” Marshall added. “Obviously we know he has talent, he has an arm. If he continues to work, he’ll be alright.”