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Jets invite Penn State QB Hackenberg in for pre-draft visit

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Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed 53.5% of his passes last season.Gene J. Puskar/AP

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed 53.5% of his passes last season.

While the Jets remain in contract limbo with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team will take a closer look at one of the top QB prospects at some point before the draft. The team will have Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg in for a pre-draft visit, according to a source. The date for the visit has not been set.

It’s no surprise that Gang Green is bringing in someone like Hackenberg for a visit. Firstly, every team gets 30 pre-draft visits and teams typically use a lot of those on potential early-rounders. And second, even if the Jets re-sign Fitzpatrick, the position is so important that it’s easily worth it for them to take a look at any quarterback that could be available to them. Bryce Petty might be a long-term option, but he really is an unknown.

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Unlike Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, Hackenberg figures to be available when the Jets pick at No. 20 overall, and maybe later.

Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a 7-6 record last year, completing 53.5 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Not only did his regression the last two seasons likely hurt his draft stock, but he also apparently turned teams off by making excuses for his lower level of play. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hackenberg blamed current Penn State coach James Franklin for his play the last two seasons, according to theMMQB.com. That might cause him to drop even further.

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