Christian Hackenberg gets a shot with starters, fails to impress

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets quarterback competition took a slight turn on Wednesday, as Christian Hackenberg -- not Josh McCown -- took the majority of the first-team reps.

That was a first in training camp.

What does it mean?

This was the second-to-last practice before the first preseason game, Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans, so it's probably an indication that Hackenberg and Bryce Petty will get most of the playing time. Coach Todd Bowles hasn't revealed his plan for the game.

A recap of Wednesday:


He took only 12 reps, a personal low in this camp. The coaches know what he can and can't do, so this is a good time to focus on the young quarterbacks. He probably won't play much against the Titans, if at all.

Wow moment: He was primarily a spectator, so there's not much to report. He completed 4 of 5 passes.

Whoa moment: See above.


After no interceptions in the first eight practices, Hackenberg has four in the last two. His practice time has increased (28 reps on Wednesday), so that's part of it. He's also being more aggressive than before, taking chances. There's no reason to panic. Let's see how he performs in the games before we go there.

Wow moment: Hackenberg threw a feathery deep fade to Robby Anderson, who enjoyed his best practice. Hackenberg also threw two touchdowns in a red zone period, although the first was a risky, jump-ball pass to Frankie Hammond in the end zone. He completed only 12 of 20 passes, including two interceptions. There were a couple of other balls that could've been picked off.

Whoa moment: He was intercepted by Rontez Miles (a possible miscommunication with the receiver) and Dexter McDougle. On the latter play, he tried to fit it into a tight window to rookie tight end Jordan Leggett, and the throw was slightly behind him.


Petty was the No. 2 quarterback on this day, completing 8 of 12 passes (two touchdowns) on 19 reps.

Wow moment: He threw two touchdowns (Hammond and Anderson), so give him credit for that. When Petty has time and knows where to go with the ball, he can spin it as well as anyone on the roster.

Whoa moment: There were no major mistakes; this was one of his better days. For Petty, he needs to play well in the games to secure a roster spot.