Could Christian Hackenberg win Jets QB job? One Hall of Fame QB is pulling for him
Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg looks on during the team’s annual Pro Day held in Holuba Hall on March 16, 2017. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
While it’s up in the air whether or not former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has any chance to win the New York Jets’ starting job this year, one Hall of Famer is rooting for him: Joe Namath.
The Super Bowl winning passer and franchise legend sounded off on the pending battle to lead the AFC East division franchise under center in a recent interview with reporters at a charity event in New York.
“I’d like to see Hackenberg get a shot, and I’d like to see him win the job,” Namath told reporters according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
“That would give us the [hope of], ‘Hey, lookie here. Maybe we don’t do it this year, but boy, we’ll get ready next year. We’ll get ready the year after that.'”
Hackenberg was one of the 2016 NFL Draft’s most polarizing players after an up-and-down three years with the Nittany Lions, but his raw talent has never been questioned. Whether he’ll be able to mold that into what it takes to be able to start at the pro level, though, remains to be seen, and leaked reports from his first year with the Jets have indicated that things like accuracy, which plagued him at Penn State over his final two years, are still problematic.
The Jets may have no choice but to go with their second-round pick from a year ago, though, as the other options are an injured Bryce Petty or journeyman Josh McCown.
“I’m not wishing Josh any bad luck, but I certainly would like to see Hackenberg blossom,” Namath added.