Patriots Meet With Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg could return to the AFC East. The former Jets quarterback visited with the Patriots on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, according to Field Yates of (Twitter link). 

The Patriots have some level of interest in the former second-round pick, but that doesn’t mean they’ll sign him right away. Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter) doesn’t expect Hackenberg to officially join the Pats on Thursday, but he may be an option for New England going forward.

The Jets used the No. 51 overall pick on Hackenberg in 2016, but he did not see a regular season snap with the team in his first two seasons. This year, he was effectively squeezed out of the picture thanks to the re-signing of Josh McCown and the additions of Teddy Bridgewater and No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. The Jets shipped Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick, but he was released after three weeks in Oakland.

The Patriots do not have a clear need for a quarterback with Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, and rookie Danny Etling in the fold. However, it may be useful to have a fourth arm in camp this summer and someone like Hackenberg could conceivably push Etling – a seventh-round pick – for the final QB spot on the 53-man roster.

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  1. ThePriceWasRight

    was surprised they didn’t trade for him originally but this would stick it to the jets if he signs there. even if he does nothing else.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      How does that stick it to the Jets? Did picking up Tim Tebow do that? What QB that the Jets drafted and jettisoned did well anywhere after?

      • Roll

        outside of Namath and Pennington, what qb has the Jets drafted that did well at all? For the record i am a jets fan

  2. Rocket32

    With the Jets luck Hackenberg will go to the Patriots, BB will turn him into a Star and he’ll be the successor to Brady.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Belichick doesn’t tutor QBs. He didn’t even “discover” Brady, that was the late Dick Rehbein. And I will bet you dollars to donuts it was Bill O’Brien who made a call and asked BB to give him a shot.

  3. diller79

    Makes some sense. Hackenberg was at his best at penn state with Bill O’Brien and he is straight from the belichek coaching tree so belichek thinks he can find something in Hackenberg because of how much O’Brien likes him

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