Todd Bowles: Christian Hackenberg 'not going to get enough reps to be ready'
The New York Jets have had a disaster of a start to the 2016 season.
With a 1-5 overall record, expectations have not been met. The Jets have played five teams in six of their games so far that made the playoffs a year ago, but regardless, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t playing good football.
To this point in the season, Fitzpatrick has thrown five touchdown passes to a league-leading 11 interceptions. Earlier this week, it has been known that Fitzpatrick has been benched and backup quarterback Geno Smith will be taking over as the starter.
So, what does this mean for the former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg? Hackenberg was drafted in the second round of this past year’s NFL Draft, but according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, Hackenberg is not even an option.
“You’ve got to get reps to get ready,” said Bowles, via NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “He’s a rookie quarterback and he’s got three in front of him. He’s not going to get enough reps to be ready to throw in there like that. He’s getting plenty of scout-team reps. He’s learning poise in the pocket and is getting experience that way.”