Christian Hackenberg is right back where he was last season

The last remaining mystery in the Jets quarterback drama of 2017 may have been solved Tuesday when the Jets sent out their unofficial depth chart.

Bryce Petty was listed as the No. 2 quarterback, ahead of Christian Hackenberg. Petty clearly outplayed Hackenberg during the preseason, but there was a question of whether he would move ahead of Hackenberg, who got more reps in training camp.

The depth chart is issued by the media relations department and is unofficial. Typically, though, the depth chart is signed off on by the coaching staff. Jets coach Todd Bowles declined to reveal who the backup was Monday. There was no media access Tuesday.

Hackenberg, Petty and Josh McCown competed through training camp and the preseason. The 38-year-old McCown won the starting job, leaving the two young quarterbacks to fight for the backup job. Hackenberg a second-round pick in 2016, struggled mightily against the Lions and Giants starting defenses in the preseason. Petty played much better, albeit against the backups.

It looks like the Jets will face Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Sunday. Taylor has been cleared from the concussion protocol, according to ESPN. On Monday, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Taylor was still questionable for the Jets game after suffering a concussion during the preseason. The Bills would have had to start rookie Nathan Peterman if Taylor could not go.


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