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Rookie Christian Hackenberg still third on Jets’ QB depth chart

Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets

Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets throws a pass in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 1, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Leff

Don’t hold your breath, Christian Hackenberg fans.

The Jets’ quarterback situation isn’t great, but Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick still are well ahead of the rookie, according to Todd Bowles.

“Not in the top two. No, he’s not. Not right now,” Bowles said of Hackenberg, the Penn State product whom the Jets drafted in the second round this year — ahead of Cowboys fourth-rounder Dak Prescott.

Asked how Hackenberg is developing, Bowles said: “He’s getting his reads down, he’s seeing a lot of different pressures. He’s handling himself pretty good in practice.”

Too vanilla?

Asked why the Petty-led Jets were so conservative in the second half against the Rams, Bowles said: “If you open it up with a first-time starter, against the guys we played yesterday, it would’ve been open hunting season.”

According to ESPN Stats and Information, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey called only two play-action passes, and Petty was 2-for-2 on those plays.

Jet streams

WR/return man Nick Marshall has a high ankle sprain . . . TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was active Sunday but never got in the game. Bowles said the coaching staff had a package of plays for him but didn’t use it . . . With the bye, players will report to practice Tuesday and the coaching staff will be in the building through Wednesday. After that, everyone will have the rest of the week off . . . Former Jets DL Jarvis Jenkins signed with the Chiefs, according to ESPN.


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