One of the many storylines from Friday night's game was the DNP for rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Coach Todd Bowles had said "the plan" was to get Hackenberg a few snaps, but he decided to play only three quarterbacks. "Coach's decision," Bowles said after the game, explaining why the second-round pick was kept in mothballs for another week. Pressed, Bowles reiterated, "Coach's decision."
It's an interesting dynamic. I'm sure general manager Mike Maccagnan would like to see the potential quarterback of the future in action, but his coach's job is to evaluate players for the present. The Jets will be closer to a regular-season mode as they prepare for the Giants, meaning another week of watching and learning for the rookie.
Hackenberg probably won't play until the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Naturally, we'll be monitoring the division of practice reps between Geno Smith and Bryce Petty, whose emergence has added intrigue to the backup-QB situation, the story said. For now, Hackenberg seems out of the Jets QB picture.