On May 22nd—seven days ago—the New York Jets traded backup quarterback and No. 5-jersey-wearer Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick.
Teddy Bridgewater gave Hackenberg’s “fans(?)” seven days to mourn before taking the departed Hackenberg’s jersey number.
The 25-year-old former Vikings quarterback officially made the switch back to his familiar No. 5 today.
That didn’t take long: Teddy Bridgewater now wearing No. 5, Hackenberg’s old number #Jets— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 29, 2018
Bridgewater originally had chosen to wear No. 2 upon signing with New York.
After Week 1 of Jets OTA practices, ESPN Staff Writer Rich Cimini wrote that, if Bridgewater stays healthy, “he might be the best quarterback on the team in 2018” and “in a perfect world, Sam Darnold would have a lights-out preseason and be the opening day starter, but that’s not realistic.”
The only other quarterback on the Jets roster is Josh McCown, who turns 39 in July.
Joe Perovich is an on-air announcer and writer at KFAN, and can be reached on Twitter (@JoePerovich) or by email (JoePerovich@iheartmedia.com)