Christian Hackenberg released by Raiders less than month after trade from Jets
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg talks to reporters after a practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is a free agent.
The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday they had released the former second-round draft pick in order to sign a pair of defensive linemen.
Hackenberg lasted less than a month in Oakland.
The Raiders traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the New York Jets on May 22 to acquire Hackenberg and add him to their quarterback depth chart behind starter Derek Carr. Hackenberg’s time with Oakland got off to a rough start, but coach Jon Gruden had spoken highly of the 23-year-old.
“We’re looking for players,” Gruden said during a conference call with season-ticket holders last month.
“We’re looking to get better every day, and Christian Hackenberg was available. He was a second-round pick. He did some really encouraging things at Penn State. He had some ups and downs. We’re going to look at him, and we’re going to make it very competitive to see who Derek Carr’s backup is.”
Hackenberg has yet to take a snap in an NFL regular season game. The extent of Hackenberg’s career has been six preseason games in which he’s completed less than 50 percent of his passes, thrown more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) and fumbled six times.
Earlier this spring, NFL Network reported Hackenberg had to “start from scratch” with his throwing mechanics, something Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters he was unaware of Hackenberg doing.
Hackenberg had a “peculiar positivity” at the beginning of Jets offseason workouts, according to the New York Daily News, and the Jets sent him to the Raiders shortly after he didn’t participate in team passing drills on the opening day of organized team activities.
Hackenberg’s release is the latest setback in a once-promising career.
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