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Could New York Jets fans finally see Christian Hackenberg for the first time in regular season action? Plus Robby Anderson chasing 1K.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has one game left to coach and he’s standing pat with his guy Bryce Petty.

This will be Petty’s second opportunity to start against New England. The last time he played against them he didn’t finish the game due to injury.

But how long will Petty be in the game? Apparently, Bowles has started to waver on the Christian Hackenberg project.

Here are the top Hackenberg quotes from Bowles’ presser, thanks to the New York Jets Media Relations Department:

On if he sees Christian Hackenberg receiving any playing time …

We’ll see.

On if he would split the game between the two quarterbacks …

We’ll see.

On when he’ll make the decision on whether Hackenberg will play …

Probably sometime during the game. We’ll see how the game is going.

On if Hackenberg is ready to play …

Yes, he’s ready to play.

On what’s a fair number of games to assess a young quarterback …

For a guy to start that young and start in an offense, you have to see a good five or six games to see if he starts making progress one way or the other, but you want to see things every week to grow and learn from and see those type of things. So that’s what we’re looking for.

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like there was a negative percent chance that we’d get to see Hackenberg and now there’s a chance. But with Bowles last statement there, “it takes a good five or six games” to see if a guy is making the right strides.

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Regardless of what happens, it’ll be an interesting storyline to see how he fares in his first ever regular season action. Although even if he lit the world on fire (he won’t), it’s not going to change the Jets’ plans during the offseason as it pertains to the quarterback market.

No. 11 in your programs, No. 61 in his heart

Robby Anderson is 61 stinking yards away from cracking the 1,000 receiving yard plateau. Not bad for a former undrafted free agent out of Temple University.

Many Jets fans remember the team’s embarrassing seven-year streak, from 2008-2014, without a 1,000-yard receiver. In 2015, they had two—Brandon Marshall (1,502 yards) and Eric Decker (1,027). Before that dynamic duo, Jerricho Cotchery, with 1,130 receiving yards in 2007, was the team’s last receiver to crack four digits.

Injury Report

It was considered by some a home run for the Jets when they re-signed RG Brian Winters to a four-year, $29 million extension this offseason. Due to injuries, he was forced to miss three games, which is not a promising sign for a guy who has $15 million of that extension guaranteed.

While the other injury updates were provided by Bowles at his presser, thanks to the Jets Media Relations Department:

On today’s injury report …

Leonard Williams did not practice, lower back. Brian Winters did not practice, abdomen. Brandon Shell did not practice, concussion. Robby Anderson did not practice, illness. Matt Forté did not practice, knee. Austin Seferian-Jenkins did not practice, ribs and foot. Mo Claiborne did not practice, foot. Jermaine Kearse did not practice, ankle. Jordan Jenkins was limited, ankle and shoulder.

Other Jets News, Stories

  • 5 story-lines for #NYJvsNE (Ethan Greenberg of New York Jets dot com).
  • Pros and cons of bringing back head coach Todd Bowles (Rich Cimini of ESPN New York).
  • Is it finally Christian Hackenberg time? (Calvin Watkins of Newsday).

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