Christian Hackenberg Is Standing Out At Jets' Practice...By Hitting Reporters With His Terrible Passes
NJ.com- When Hackenberg misses… he really misses. He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I’m not talking about a receiver falling down. I’m saying the defender just dropped the ball.
Other times, the wideout/running back/tight end was wide open, and Hackenberg sailed it over his head or bounced it to him. That can’t happen. In the three media-open OTAs, Hackenberg hit reporters with passes twice.
Now that is how you make waves in the middle of June! Sure, it's mildly concerning that a former second round pick (that has shown so little promise that he hasn't managed to separate himself from one of the most depressing quarterback rotations in the entire NFL) is overthrowing receivers on simplistic patterns while facing no pressure. Repeatedly missing your target on 10 yard throws that are designed to be guaranteed completions to get you in a rhythm probably isn't a good omen for your future in professional football.
However, if you are going to do so then you might as well hit members of the media in the process. If any publicity truly is good publicity then Christian Hackenberg is doing a better job making himself a topic of conversation than literally any other third string quarterback has in the dead of the offseason. His talent might not be considered "tangible" to the beat reporters covering the team, but his attempts at throwing a basic hitch are nothing short of in-their-face. Maybe he doesn't want his name associated with a comedic level of inaccuracy that has concerned journalists reading his eyes on every 3-step drop. Hopefully he lets that pride fall by wayside because - considering the Jets have been completely conspicuous about their plans to tank - two hopping an out route off a reporter's shin might actually be the only thing that can get him bumped up the depth chart.