FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Of the 15 quarterbacks drafted in April, only one hasn’t appeared in a preseason game:
Christian Hackenberg, the fourth quarterback selected.
The New York Jets are taking a slow and steady approach with Hackenberg, and there’s nothing wrong with that. While it’s unusual that he hasn’t taken a single snap in a game — none of his fellow rookies have played fewer than 15 snaps — it confirms what we suspected when they chose him in the second round:
This will amount to a redshirt year for Hackenberg.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has said it can take up to a year to fix a quarterback’s mechanics. The Jets evidently see Hackenberg as a fixer-upper, someone who will benefit from a year on the sideline. He struggled with his accuracy over his final two seasons at Penn State, perhaps because he was sacked 82 times.
Hackenberg apparently expected to play last Friday night against the Washington Redskins because he invited his father and a couple of friends to the game in Landover, Maryland, according to NJ.com. As it turned out, he didn’t play. Todd Bowles called it “a coach’s decision,” a rather cryptic explanation that invited conspiracy theorists to float half-baked suspicions.
He almost certainly won’t play Saturday against the New York Giants, but he saw an increase in practice reps on Monday. In 15 reps, he completed 6 of 12 passes, including two interceptions. He actually had five more reps than Bryce Petty (2-for-6, one interception). Hackenberg probably will make his debut in the presesaon finale. If not, it’ll be time to worry.
A look at the 15 drafted quarterbacks and their preseason snap totals. One note: Six play for teams that have used at least four quarterbacks in the preseason.
Entering Tuesday’s action, the Orioles were in third place in the AL East, two games behind Boston and Toronto, and one game ahead of Seattle for the second AL wild-card spot. According to projections by FanGraphs, they had a 44 percent chance of making the postseason. Baseball Prospectus gave them a 32 percent chance of making the playoffs. With Tillman out, those odds are sure to get longer.