Connor Hughes reports Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg was getting some work with the first team offense at practice.
Todd Bowles said “we’ll see” when asked if Christian Hackenberg will play Sunday against the #Patriots.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 27, 2017
I’m told he split first team team reps with Bryce Petty today. First time all year that’s happened.
Read between lines: It’s Hackening https://t.co/zowTx1mFpp
Hackenberg has worked with first team during individual and passing drills, as Bowles referenced.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 27, 2017
He has not during game plan team drills before today.
Jets strict with that: Starter gets all game plan work, then 2nd & 3rd string split scout team against starting D. https://t.co/Y4dikvBFYw
Wednesday is typically the first day the team installs the game plan for the week so this is worth watching.
Todd Bowles, who had been steadfast in past weeks that Hackenberg would not play took a different tone today.
Bowles asked if he’ll give Petty first half, then Hackenberg second, “We’ll see.” Said he’ll see how game goes.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 27, 2017
I don’t think it matters much which of the two plays this Sunday against the Patriots. Hackenberg hasn’t done much to earn the opportunity, but Bryce Petty has played poorly enough to justify a benching. The Jets can’t expect quality play either way.
The one hope I have is the Jets don’t do this halfway. If you want Hackenberg in the lineup, let him start and play the full game. Give him a week to implement the full gameplan at practice. Giving two shaky quarterbacks half a loaf further reduces whatever limited chance these guys have at success.