Latest On Christian Hackenberg Trade

Christian Hackenberg‘s final days as a Jet were rather interesting. After the team added Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater, essentially admitting a second-round misfire, it was revealed Hackenberg worked with an independent passing coach and changed his throwing motion. And he did so unbeknownst to Todd Bowles.

Earlier on Tuesday, when he was still a Jet, the third-year quarterback pointed to a lack of consistent instruction from the team’s coaching staff as a sign of frustration.

I don’t know,” Hackenberg said (via Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News) when asked why he overhauled his passing motion this offseason. “I think there were some times where I threw it really good throughout my first two years here, so that was the frustrating part for me, is the ups and downs and not knowing why, if that makes sense, and not really getting any information from anybody on how to fix that and how do address it.”

Hours after those comments, the Jets made the deal with the Raiders. However, Ian Rapoport of reports (via Twitter) this move did not come as a result of those comments. The Jets held Hackenberg out of Tuesday’s seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills because they’d worked out a deal with the Raiders earlier today, Darryl Slater of reports.

We did everything we could to try to help him as best we could,” the fourth-year HC said, via Slater. “He’s allowed to be critical. We suggested things, and we try to fix every player possible that we have. It just didn’t work out here.”

While the timing is interesting, this move also comes after Bridgewater participated fully in an OTA workout for the first time since 2016. That shouldn’t be viewed as a sign the former first-round pick has put his severe knee injury completely behind him, but it’s a positive development. And if Bridgewater is healthy during training camp, there wouldn’t be room for Hackenberg on Gang Green’s roster.

Rapoport adds the Raiders will not immediately release one of their quarterbacks to accommodate Hackenberg, who still has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game. Oakland still has Connor Cook and EJ Manuel behind Derek Carr. Manuel played ahead of Cook last season and was summoned into duty when Carr went down early in the season. Cook, however, played as a rookie when both the players ahead of him suffered injuries. There won’t be room for all three of these backups on Oakland’s 53-man roster, though. And Jon Gruden did not make the decisions to acquire Cook or Manuel, perhaps giving Hackenberg a good chance of usurping one of them this summer.

Additionally, the trade involves a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019, per Rapoport, and the compensation is tied to Hackenberg’s playing time.

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  1. RockHauler

    Good move by Jets to get rid of Hackenberg. Didn’t need to go into training camp with 4 QB’s and risk the whole thing becoming a sideshow. However, this goes to show what a waste of a draft pick this was by the the Jets GM. They took the 51st overall pick and basically threw it away. With so many needs by the team this is inexcusable and I hope the ownership and higher management holds The GM responsible. Going back and looking at the 2016 draft between the Jets 2nd round pick and their 3rd rounder, there was 3 Pro bowlers selected as well as quite a few above average starters in positions that the Jets needed. Not good Jets, not good.

    • cka2nd

      Yes, it was a terrible pick, but the GM has been doing a pretty good job with the rest of the team, at least this off-season, so I think we can let this whole thing go, now.

  2. DuffManCometh

    Good move by Hackenberg. Leaving the pathetic Jets in the rear view mirror is the best thing that happened to him professionally.

      • Ironman_4life

        Clevelands gonna win more games than the Jets. May be 1 or 2 wins only but it will be more.

        • cka2nd

          Personally, I think they’re both going to be .500 teams, give or take. And that’s even with me not exercising my Teddy “Comeback Player of the Year” Bridgewater fantasies.

  3. Makes the trade up to nab Connor Cook in front of the Cowboys look foolish. Especially when the Boys sat tight and nabbed Prescott later.

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