Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg getting ‘redshirt year’ with Jets
Rarely do NFL teams employ four quarterbacks on their 53-man rosters. The New York Jets will do just that, however, much to the delight of Christian Hackenberg.
The former Penn State quarterback has made the Jets, but coach Todd Bowles doesn’t expect him to see the field ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith or Bryce Petty.
“They all can play, obviously,” Bowles told ESPN.com. “They all can play and we’re trying to keep the best football players. Each of them showed enough in the preseason. We’ll give Hack a redshirt year and the other three can play.”
Hackenberg was selected 51st overall in last year’s NFL draft, but he hasn’t looked good in the preseason. In New York’s final game before the season begins, he was an atrocious 11-of-31 passing for just 54 yards.
In three seasons at Penn State, Hackenberg threw for 8,457 yards and 48 touchdowns.