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Ex-Penn State teammate DaeSean Hamilton still believes in Jets’ Christian Hackenberg

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg passes against the Eagles

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg passes against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31, 2017. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

INDIANAPOLIS — Christian Hackenberg hasn’t taken a regular-season snap for the Jets in his first two NFL seasons, but former Penn State teammate DaeSean Hamilton believes there’s still a future for the Jets’ third-year quarterback.

“I thought he was a great quarterback at school, and I still think he’s a great quarterback,” said Hamilton, one of the nation’s top receivers, at the scouting combine on Friday. “He has all the pro tools, he has all the pro qualities you would (want to) see. Has a great arm. I’m surprised things haven’t really worked out for him.”

Hackenberg, the Jets’ second-round pick in 2016, was given a chance to win the starting job during training camp last year, but remained a third-stringer behind Josh McCown and Bryce Petty.

“I’ve talked to Hack a little bit, talked to him last month,” Hamilton said. “Hack comes back to Penn State and throws with the guys. He’s coming back to Penn State (later in the spring), and I catch up with him all the time.”

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