By Ben Sullivan
Former Penn State quarterback is not long for the New York Jets.
According to Connor Hughes of NJ.com, Hackenberg struggled with his accuracy during the organized team activities yesterday, repeatedly missing his targets and on two occasions overthrowing his receivers so badly that the passes traveled off the practice field and hit reporters on the sidelines.
“When Hackenberg misses, he really misses,” Hughes wrote. “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.”
Hackenberg’s arm strength was on full display during his time at Penn State, but it looks like he needs to dial it back a touch. He is one of only three quarterbacks on the roster, competing with veteran Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting spot. The 22-year-old Hackenberg has yet to attempt a regular-season pass after the Jets drafted him in the second round last year.