Jets coach Todd Bowles talks about the quarterback competition after training camp practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 ,in Florham Park, N.J.
FLORHAM PARK — Jets coach Todd Bowles refuses to reveal his quarterback rotation for Saturday’s preseason opener.
But there is growing evidence that second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg could get a lot of action when the Jets host the Titans at MetLife Stadium.
For the first time this training camp, Hackenberg was the first quarterback in the rotation during team drills and got the most overall reps.
But if this was an opportunity, Hackenberg didn’t exactly seize it. He was inconsistent, finishing 11-of-17 with a touchdown and two interceptions.
It continued a trend that we’ve seen all through this training camp. None of the quarterbacks have been truly impressive.
McCown, the leader by default, completed 4-of-5 passes on Wednesday. Just another unremarkable day for a guy that can probably win the job with a ho-hum training camp.
Petty had probably his best practice of camp, going 9-of-12 with two touchdowns and making the most of an increased role. He’s still the only quarterback who hasn’t worked extensively with the starters.
Hackenberg finally got that chance Wednesday. But he was his usual, tantalizingly inconsistent self.
His best throw of the day was a lofted, over the shoulder ball to Robby Anderson. It hit Anderson in stride down the left sideline a gain of about 20 yards. It was one of the best touch throws Hackenberg has made in a Jets uniform. And a definite sign of progress.
His touchdown came on a nice pass to receiver Frankie Hammond. Bowles admitted Hackenberg’s command of the huddle is “a lot better,” and the second-year pro out of Penn State also moved around the pocket well while avoiding the pass rush.
But his ability to avoid turnovers was not so good.
On his second throw of practice, Hackenberg was picked off by safety Rontez Miles after locking in on a target. On the final play of practice, in the two-minute drill, Hackenberg forced a throw that was picked off by cornerback Dexter McDougle. It wasn’t a pretty end.