Josh Gattis Roasted The Jets’ Receivers After a Video Criticized Christian Hackenberg

By Bill DiFilippo on June 15, 2017 at 8:00 am
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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So you may have heard, but Christian Hackenberg is playing for the New York Jets. God bless his soul because the only thing worse than playing for the Jets is playing for the Browns, but some of the reports coming out of New York haven’t been too positive. Namely, there have been some concerns about Hackenberg’s accuracy based on the fact that he’s apparently hit sideline reporters a few times.

We got a first-hand look at one of those "horrific" throws on Tuesday. Be warned, if you watch this, you are running the risk of turning to stone, like King Polydectes was when he dared gaze at the head of Medusa. Let us take this risk together. Pray, friends. Pray for mercy from the Gods.

...that's it? I mean, uh, yeah the throw wasn't perfect but it's not like he was trying to hit Popper like it was that scene in The Longest Yard where Adam Sandler threw a dart at the ref's crotch two times in a row and Terry Crews made some joke about protecting his McNuggets.

Plus it didn't hit Popper as much as it was just over the receiver's head and it bounced towards him, which still isn't great but this is more of a flukey accident than anything else.  Hell, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was in the replies defending Hack.

But the big thing here is that receiver. Heavens to Betsy that dude put forth about as much effort as Adam Sandler did in The Longest Yard when he was told to throw the game or face the death penalty. Here are two separate former NFL players – ex-receiver Derek Hagan and former cornerback Brian Witherspoon – saying the receiver didn't exactly help his quarterback out.

These are great, sure. The best reaction, though, came from Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, who replied to this tweet by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller...

...with some of the hottest fire that you'll see.

Gattis and Miller continued to shoot the breeze regarding this, but holy hell Gattis dropping that line about how he has a room full of guys who could start for the Jets rules. I am inclined to agree with Gattis because I watched the Jets for five minutes last year, but I am also tremendously biased in this endeavor as someone who likes Hackenberg and does not like the Jets.

This route really was horrific, as both Gattis and Miller pointed out – the receiver took way too long to get out of his break, then just kind of stood there and didn't even try to, you know, catch the football. Any cornerback who knows what they're doing and is older than, like, 14 could probably jump this route.

Anyway, let's see how the rest of Hackenberg's practice went. I bet it was so brutal that the New York media is gonna run him the h*ck outta town!

...uh, excuse me?

Hackenberg almost certainly has a long way to go, but there are signs of progress – at the very least, that's the vibe that seems to be coming out of Jets camp. Until we get to that point, let us all laugh in unison at the fact that Josh Gattis (accurately) dunked on the entire Jets wide receiving corps, just like Michael Irvin dunked really hard against Adam Sandler when they played 1-on-1 in The Longest Yard.

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