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New York Jets: A Fan’s Guide To An ‘Interesting’ 2016 Quarterback Situation

Christian Hackenberg

  • 2016 Projected Role: Third Team

The new kid on the block is as polarizing a prospect as can be.

Some think he’s a total bust. Others believe he’s loaded with untapped potential due to crazy circumstances surrounding his three years in Happy Valley.

One thing’s for sure: Mike Maccagnan did not stake his reputation to the kid.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York recently wrote an article titled “Mike Maccagnan Stakes Reputation To Polarizing QB Christian Hackenberg.”

That might be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Maccagnan has put his reputation on the line with the 51st overall pick in the draft? You’re joking, right?

I can understand a reputation being put on the line when trading up into the first or second slot for a QB – much like the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles did – but not with a second round selection.

What everybody needs to understand here is Maccagnan took a QB prospect; nothing more, nothing less.

The 6-4, 223 lbs. prototypical QB has a tremendous arm. He’s tough, stands in the pocket and is willing to take a beating. While he’s also shown positive leadership traits, his accuracy issues remain the biggest concern.


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