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Jets should be worried about Christian Hackenberg

Joe Namath could come back in his prime for the New York Jets, and it wouldn’t matter this season. New York is going to be one of, if not the worst, teams in the NFL this year, and somewhat by design.

After suffering through a miserable 2016 campaign, general manager Mike Maccagnan decided to blow up the roster. In a torrent of moves, Maccagnan oversaw a roster purge of Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Ryan Clady, Darrelle Revis and most recently, Eric Decker and David Harris. While all of those moves both save money and help the Jets secure the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, it makes the upcoming slate utterly unwatchable.

However, that could change (the unwatchable part, not the losses) with some hope at quarterback. Many in the draft pundit world believed the Jets were going to take a quarterback in the first round, whether it be Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. Instead, New York used its first two choices on safeties, giving avote of confidence for Christian Hackenberg, the 2016 second-round pick from Penn State.

With only Bryce Petty and the aging Josh McCown to beat out, one would think Hackenberg has a pretty good chance of seeing ample playing time. After all, a second-round pick is legitimate draft capital and the Jets have to do something to get fans in the seats when they are playing out the string at 2-12.

Then again, there was this report from Connor Hughes on NJ.com about Hackenberg thus far at OTAs:

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