The New York Jets’ season is off to a horrendous start. So with 10 games left, could the team eventually turn to its rookie second-round draft pick, Christian Hackenberg?
Jets coach Todd Bowles says no.
The 1-5 Jets are turning to their second-string quarterback, Geno Smith, following a lopsided loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. But Hackenberg, a Penn State product, is still fourth on the team’s depth chart.
And, for now, he needs to keep learning on the practice field, Bowles said.
“You’ve got to get reps to get ready,” Bowles told NFL.com. “He’s a rookie quarterback and he’s got three in front of him. He’s not going to get enough reps to be ready to throw in there like that. He’s getting plenty of scout-team reps. He’s learning poise in the pocket and is getting experience that way.”
At Penn State, Hackenberg threw for nearly 8,500 yards in three seasons and left before his senior season. He had an up-and-down preseason with the Jets, who have said they’re going to treat 2016 like a “redshirt” year for the 6-foot-4 quarterback.