Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has never taken a snap during the regular season with the Jets, but he is confident he could succeed under center in New York.
The second-year quarterback out of Penn State told NJ.com that he believes he would be ready to go if given the opportunity this season. So far, all of the snaps at the position have been given to veteran Josh McCown.
"I know I can play," Hackenberg said. "I was drafted where I was for a reason. I've been able to do the things I've done for a reason. I know there's talent inside me."
During the preseason, Hackenberg completed 42-of-74 (56.8 percent) passes for 372 yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. But so far all the reps in the first three regular-season games have gone to McCown, who has completed 69.8 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and two picks.
Hackenberg might not be playing now, but he is remaining patient as he hopes to get the chance to play at some point this year.
"People like to get caught up in this 'win now' mode: 'Why am I not doing this now?'" Hackenberg said. "I think that's the wrong way to go about it, especially if you're a player. It's just going to be really negative.
"You just need to focus on yourself. Everyone's path is different. I want to get better. It's not like I'm just chilling here. I'm working. I firmly believe that will pay off."