Jets GM not ruling out Josh McCown returning in 2018

Jets GM not ruling out Josh McCown returning in 2018”

"I think the one thing with any player is they all develop at different paces and different rates", general manager Mike Maccagnan said Wednesday at his midseason address to the media.

Christian Hackenberg is a third-string quarterback who has yet to play a regular-season snap in two seasons, but the man who drafted him isn't ready to write him off. Amid this surprising 4-5 start for Todd Bowles' young group, the youngest quarterback on the Jets roster has been an afterthought.

Maccagnan deserves credit for turning over the roster in the offseason and making the Jets competitive, but the No. 1 item on his to-do list is finding a long-term solution at quarterback.

"The one thing I think with every player [is] they all develop at different paces and different rates", Maccagnan said.

"I don't think there's any prerequisite on what we need or don't need to do", Maccagnan said. "I wouldn't necessarily say [I'm] discouraged".

Before the regular season got underway, one of the questions about the Jets was how long it would be before they turned to Christian Hackenberg at quarterback. The following week in Oakland, Petty dressed as Josh McCown's backup, and he's clung to that role over the last two months. "There are areas he still needs to improve upon, but I'm encouraged with the work him and Bryce are putting in".

With the Jets now on the fringe of the AFC playoff hunt, it's unlikely Hackenberg will see the field this season. Hackenberg has been inactive for all but one game this season and hasn't thrown an National Football League pass in two seasons.

Maccagnan seemed comfortable with that potential fact. I mentioned before you don't really know how seasons unfold. "We obviously feel good about the players we took".

Hackenberg is the biggest blemish on Maccagnan's drafting record.

If McCown continues to play at this level, the Jets would be insane to not at least consider bringing him back for 2017. He's now playing under a one-year contract and is set to become a free agent in the offseason.

There are still seven games left this season and they could bring injuries or other developments that force the Jets to make a move at quarterback.

"For the two young players to come in and play not only as well as they've played, but also from an intangible standpoint, we feel we have two very good young players at that position", Maccagnan said.

When asked directly if his quarterback of the future is now on his roster, Maccagnan deflected. I want to keep this in perspective.

"When you go through your draft process, you sit back and you analyze, a few years removed, to see how your players did, but I feel very good about the players and the decisions we made", he said.

"Again, we're just midway through this season and we'll see how the rest of the season plays itself out", the GM said.

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