Eskimos add QB Christian Hackenberg to neg list

The Edmonton Eskimos have added quarterback Christian Hackenberg to their negotiation list.

Hackenberg was selected in the second round, 51st overall by the New York Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons in New York City and the Jets traded Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders in May for a conditional 2019 seventh-round, but the silver and black released the 23-year-old on June 12 sending the choice back to Oakland. The New England Patriots had the free agent signal caller in for a visit on June 14, however, no contract was offered, which means Hackenberg is currently a free agent.

Esks general manager Brock Sunderland has ties to the Jets organization: he was a pro scout for the club from 2007 to 2012.

Through two NFL seasons, Hackenberg has never taken a regular season snap but made over $2.7 million dollars. He went 17-of-47 (36 per cent) for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed one time for 15 yards in 2016 pre-season action. In 2017 exhibition play, Hackenberg hit on 42-of-74 (56.9 per cent) for 372 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with eight rushes for 24 yards but fumbled five times and lost two.

Hackenberg started three seasons for Penn State University from 2013-2015. He passed for 8,318 yards 48 touchdowns, 31 interceptions while completing 56.1 of his attempts in 38 games.

Reigning CFL MOP Mike Reilly, veteran Kevin Glenn, Danny O’Brien and Zach Kline are the current quarterbacks on the Eskimos roster.

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16 Comments on Eskimos add QB Christian Hackenberg to neg list

  1. Is no-one picking up Pipkin?

  2. You can’t be serious with this move.

    Hackenbeeg is absolutely atrocious. On par with Seth Doege in terms of worst QBs in pro football history.

    • There you go again….just trashing someone who has played the position his entire life. Man, what happened to the Foley family to become absolutely negative? No wonder your scrub brother got booted from the league unceremoniously.

      • AwaitingModeration // June 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

        While Arse51 is hardly my favourite on here, the stats mentioned in the article strongly support his opinion.
        College career of 39% INTERCEPTIONS and only 56.1 % completions does not suggest a quality QB.

        “Hackenberg started three seasons for Penn State University from 2013-2015. He passed for 8,318 yards 48 touchdowns, 31 interceptions while completing 56.1 of his attempts in 38 games.”
        “In 2017 exhibition play, Hackenberg hit on 42-of-74 (56.9 per cent) for 372 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with eight rushes for 24 yards but fumbled five times and lost two.”

      • Area 51 is Rick Foley’s brother? Lol. Wasn’t he booted from Riderfans when Rick played there? Can’t get any worse than that. Lol.

      • I just call it as I see it, my friend.

        You’ve obviously never watched Hackenberg play, have you? Go check out some film on him and tell me why you feel he’s a competent pro level QB.

    • brian johnson // June 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm //

      He is on the neg list as is Owen. Looking for a extra o-linemen Canadian. Dangle to two teams that are desperate. No money paid. But as you can see good
      PR for free, Hello. Gee’s

    • Hey its 51 and his biggest fan!! …51!! But he’s right guys. Hack is a hack. Theres a reason he is unsigned after 2/3 yrs in the NFL.

  3. Trumpino // June 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm //

    Why not give the other Cdn QB at the cfl combine a chance .The kid named Strong

  4. Jim Bob // June 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm //

    Hackenberg was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school. Bill O’Brien the former Patriots OC and Penn State HC had him doing quite well for 2 years. After he left for Houston the wheels fell off for him. Whoever gives this kid another shot will have to be very patient and have a fantastic QB coach to get him back to where he was at Penn State. Even O’Brien has passed him over as a #3 QB in Houston. Hope he gets it together a good kid overall.

  5. Bart Andrus second down punter // June 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm //

    Glenn is 40 years old. He is in his twilight. Reilly is one hit away. This move allows a qb to come in and try to rejuvenate his career. Doesn’t work, nothing lost. Lights up the league then you hit gold.

    • brian johnson // June 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm //

      Reilly is not one hit away. Said every year, every game. now really.
      Hes a winner and and has 3-5 years left.
      Glen well he was done 5 years ago just cheap insurance.

  6. Edward Leslie // June 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm //

    Trumpino:
    My reaction also. I saw “Esks add QB Christian…” and figured it was Christian Strong. But then the rest said Hackenberg to Neg list”. Oh well.

    The convenient excuse with Noah Picton was he’s too small. No excuse for not giving Strong a chance.
    He was a 3 year starter in NCAA, is 6’3” and has good arm strength. HOWEVER, he’s Canadian, so nobody wants to sign him.

    As for Hackenberg, if he does come to the Esks, Area 51 will have to refer to him as a “Hack” rather than a scrub.

  7. If I’ve seen a guy play enough to formulate an assessment, I’ll tell you if he’s terrible or if he’s got some game.

    Hackenberg is horrible. It’s impossible to sugar coat that fact, my friends.

    This is a guy who’s so useless he couldn’t even beat out Bryce Petty.

    Chucky Gruden thought he’d give Hackenberg a try and look how quickly he dumped him – – three weeks after bringing him in.

    Hackenberg is hopelessly bad.

    But the worst part is the guy whines like a puss trying to blame the Jets for not fixing his garbage throwing mechanics.

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