Jets’ Christian Hackenberg has ‘marathon’ mindset after rocky night vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD — After his second straight poor start, quarterback Christian Hackenberg said Saturday night he is taking a patient approach with his development, which has come in fits and starts since the Jets drafted him in Round 2 last year. 

But how much longer can the Jets wait for him to show significant progress? After all, they need to determine if they’ll draft a quarterback high again next spring. 

That question continues to linger, as it became even more obvious Saturday — when the Jets played their third preseason game, against the Giants — that Hackenberg isn’t ready to start. 

Expect the Jets to announce Josh McCown as their starter on Monday or Tuesday, even though McCown didn’t play Saturday. Hackenberg played the first half, and then the Jets’ final drive, when he replaced an injured Bryce Petty (knee). 

Hackenberg played nine drives Saturday. Two resulted in points — a first half field goal and a 17-yard touchdown pass against the Giants’ scrubs at the end. Hackenberg has played 22 drives in the preseason. Two resulted in points. 

“Everyone has their own opinions as to how growth is supposed to happen at this position in the league,” he said after the Jets lost, 32-31. “I think the best way I’ve heard it described: It’s a marathon, not a [sprint] race. It’s not always going to be

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