Hackenberg shows good and bad in preseason debut
The wait is over.
Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg finally got on the field for a preseason game with the New York Jets Saturday night against the New York Giants.
And he showed both some good and bad in the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter.
In his first two snaps, Hackenberg – a second round pick – threw two incomplete passes and was whistled for a delay of game penalty. But he then orchestrated a string of four consecutive completions that finished with fellow rookie Robby Anderson catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hackenberg. That TD was set up by a 27-yard strike to Anderson.
Here is video of the touchdown:
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Hackenberg’s second drive – which was set up nicely after a long punt return – started on the Giants’ 14-yard line but ended with just a field goal.
It was the third series that went south for Hackenberg. The rookie threw an interception from his own end zone which set up the go-ahead score from the Giants. He finished 6 for 16 with 105 through the air. He was not sacked.
By most accounts, Hackenberg hasn’t had a great summer and is unlikely to push Geno Smith or Bryce Petty in any way for the No. 2 spot behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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