Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has not given up on Christian Hackenberg.
“The book on Christian is not closed. He’s only 22 years old,” Maccagnan said Tuesday in Florham Park during his end-of-season meeting with reporters. “He’s made progress, made development. This is going to be a good offseason for him. We’re kind of excited to see how he does with a second year in this system, and he’s going to have an opportunity in training camp to go out and play again.”
Maccagnan spent a sizable chunk of his 30-plus-minute interview session discussing Hackenberg. And for good reason.
Hackenberg — whom Maccagnan selected in the second round of the 2016 draft — finished his second full season this past weekend and has yet to take a regular-season snap. He’s one of three quarterbacks taken in the first two rounds in the Super Bowl era (since 1967) to not see the field in his first two seasons.
So it’s fair for many to wonder how much “progress” Hackenberg has actually made.
“He works very hard, and there’s areas that he’s actually improved upon, and, of course, in time, he’s going to get the opportunity to go perform on the field,” Maccagnan said. “I think we kind of have a feel for him internally, but he’ll get his opportunities going forward.”
Maccagnan doubled down on his stance from earlier this season, saying he’s not “necessarily disappointed” in Hackenberg’s snails-pace development. Maccagnan used the phrase “only 22 years…Read More