New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would like to have second-round quarterback Christian Hackenberg developing behind a veteran this season in a “perfect world.” But the Jets quarterback situation is less than ideal, and may have Hackenberg under center early on in his rookie year.
After all, if a deal is not reached soon with last year’s starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, Christian Hackenberg will not have a solid figure to learn behind and the Jets will have a wide open quarterback competition.
In a recent interview with WEPM-FM ESPN 98.7, it was clear that Maccagnan is not at all ruling out having Hackenberg play this season.
“I think in a perfect world, especially with quarterbacks—some quarterbacks come in and play right away, and some do well, and some struggle, and they go through growing pains,” Maccagnan said. “But I think at the end of the day, in a perfect world, you like to give those guys a chance to sort of grow, develop before you have to throw them into the fire,” the GM stated.
It’s clear that Maccagnan’s top priority is still getting Fitzpatrick back, but don’t be surprised if we see some action from the former Penn State quarterback as well in 2016.
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