Hackenberg left Penn State after his junior season and was drafted by the Jets in the second round. But the 23-year-old never even took a snap with a team that has been bad, a stunning indictment of what the Jets saw in him in practice. In preseason action, he was terrible. In 2017, he went 42 of 74 (56.8 percent) for 372 yards (5.0 yards per attempt), two touchdowns, two picks, and a 68.1 passer rating. The Raiders traded for him in May, but the deal was negated a few weeks later after he was released.
He might not have cut it for the Jets, but maybe he'll have an easier time making the Super Bowl champs' roster.
The Eagles don't have much to lose by signing Hackenberg, but they probably don't have much to gain either.
Before leaving Happy Valley for the NFL, Hackenberg led the sanctions-ridden Nittany Lions to a 21-17 record while throwing for 48 touchdowns.
"Huge jump man obviously, going into Year 2 is a lot harder because you know other teams know about me and they know what I'm capable of", Smith-Schuster told ESPN from training camp at Saint Vincent College.
Suddenly, Year 3 is just beginning for Hackenberg after it looked like he might not get a chance to change the trajectory of his career.