For the first time, New York Jets quarterback and Penn State alum Christian Hackenberg will be active for an NFL game.
The Jets announced Tuesday that Hackenberg will be the team’s No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Bills.
Bowles: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB. Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 2. pic.twitter.com/i5YsRye1J2
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 27, 2016
The Jets have already cycled through three quarterbacks — Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith — this season. Fitzpatrick started for most of the year, backed up by Smith. But Smith tore his ACL in October, and Fitzpatrick struggled greatly, leaving Petty as the starter in recent weeks. On Monday, New York placed Petty on injured reserve with a torn labrum, meaning Fitzpatrick and Hackenberg are the team’s only healthy quarterbacks.
Given that Fitzpatrick will likely leave as a free agent this offseason, the Jets could play Hackenberg extensively on Sunday to evaluate his role moving forward.
Hackenberg played for Penn State from 2013-15, completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 8,457 yards and 48 touchdowns, with 31 interceptions. The Jets selected him in the second round, 51st overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft.