New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown said he believes that teammate and former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has what it takes to succeed in the NFL, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
McCown, who has spent 15 years as a quarterback in the NFL and signed with the Jets following the 2016 season, said Hackenberg is “how you draw up a quarterback,” according to ESPN. McCown described Hackenberg as a “big, strong arm, and athletic” player with a mindset that is “right on.”
Hackenberg, who was drafted 51st overall by New York in 2016, did not play during the 2016 season, but 2017 may serve as a new opportunity as the Jets have yet to announce a starting quarterback among McCown, Hackenberg and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Hackenberg played as quarterback at Penn State from 2013-15 and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013. Hackenberg finished his Penn State career with 48 touchdown passes and 8,318 passing yards over three seasons with the Nittany Lions.