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Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Fizzles in Profanity Laden AAF Debut

11 February, 2019, 05:39 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

But Sunday wasn't much of a step forward.

After a month-long training camp in San Antonio, the Apollos returned home to Orlando with their final 52-player roster to prepare to officially kick-off their first season within the AAF at UCF's Spectrum Stadium on Saturday against the Atlanta Legends.

Memphis' offensive ineptitude wasn't all on Hackenberg.

The Jets selected Hackenberg out of Penn State in the second round of the 2016 draft. What's more, the AAF uses a recruitment model created to attract players to their teams who are already popular in home markets. If a team is trailing by 17 points, or there is five minutes or less left in the fourth quarter, they can opt to get the ball on their own 28-yard line and try to convert a 4th-and-12. The Virginia native also missed high on a few passes and was late on a comeback route.

That kind of hit might not go over in the National Football League, but this is the AAF and initial ratings were promising. Heading the Utah contingency on the Stallions is Matt Asiata, who spent four years with the Minnesota Vikings, before a short stint with the Detroit Lions ended his National Football League career.




It's not Christian Hackenberg's fault that the Jets took him in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft. Instead, Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith earned starts in that two-year time frame. Here's how the three-phase player allocation process works in the AAF.

With only eight teams in the AAF there's a lot of pressure to get off to a good start. Hackenberg landed on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad in September only to be cut in November. Sunday will now feature two more games worth of action in the new pro football league, and the nightcap of the festivities will feature the Salt Lake Stallions traveling to face the Arizona Hotshots in Western Conference action.

Never, ever underestimate the power of football in America.

"There's nothing wrong with him mentally", Lee said.

"I just heard the gate", he added.

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