FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg has apparently made major changes to his throwing motion in an attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career.
He just never bothered telling his current team about his plans.
That was the surprising admission from Jets coach Todd Bowles on Saturday, in the wake of an NFL Network report that Hackenberg is working with quarterback guru Jeff Christiansen to improve and revamp his mechanics. Speaking on Day 2 of the Jets' rookie camp, Bowles said he was "aware" now of the 23-year-old's reconstruction, but he wasn't before it began.
"He hasn't talked to me about it," Bowles said. "He's just worked on it and I learned about it after the fact."
Bowles didn't seem bothered by Hackenberg's decision to keep the team in the dark, but it was still an odd choice for the former second-round pick who has yet to take a snap in a regular season game in his two years in the league. He also is facing the possibility of already being the odd man out with the Jets, after they re-signed Josh McCown, signed Teddy Bridgewater, and drafted Sam Darnold third overall.
Then again, the health of Bridgewater -- who is recovering from a major knee injury -- is still an unknown and the Jets released quarterback Bryce Petty on Friday, which could open up an opportunity for Hackenberg to win a roster spot this summer. To do it, he'd have to play much better than he did in either of the last two training camps. Maybe a new throwing motion will help.
Bowles has no idea, though, because so far the Jets haven't done much on the field during the offseason workout program.
"It's only a small sample. We just started getting out on the field," Bowles said. "But as the weeks go on, you'll be able to tell. Right now, it's still early."
As for whether it has a chance to help, and why Hackenberg waited until his third NFL season to do it, Bowles didn't have much to say about that either.
"We'll see how everything goes," he said. "I'm not saying it needs to be revamped or it's not revamped, but production and everything else takes care of that."