Christian Hackenberg started Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, completing 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards.
Hackenberg was removed at halftime. Named a "surprise" starter by coach Todd Bowles, Hackenberg played jaw-droppingly bad football worthy of sympathy. He took two thundering sacks and let a ball squib out of his hand, "generating" -3 yards of passing offense. His "completions" were a pair of checkdowns to Bilal Powell. It's true that Hackenberg received zero help from his offensive line or "weapons," but once again, he looked completely lost on the preseason field. The Jets hid Hackenberg, a second-round pick, as a rookie because he wasn't ready. The year in mothballs did nothing to make him better, or counter his awful college film. The Jets have an albatross of a pick on their hands. It's frankly inexcusable considering Hackenberg's résumé coming out of Penn State.