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Jake Haener

#3 QB,

Free Agent

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24 yrs


6'1'' / 200 lbs


Fresno State

Competition for QB2

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-06

Haener appears to be the early frontrunner to serve as the QB2 for the Saints this offseason, John Hendrix of Sports Illustrated reports.

Haener was suspended for the first six games of his 2023 campaign and has yet to make his NFL debut. But, the 6-foot-1 signal caller should have a chance to establish himself as QB2 after New Orleans made several changes at the quarterback position this offseason. Last year's No.2 QB Jameis Winston signed with the Colts in March. Meanwhile, the Saints signed veteran backup Nathan Peterman and fourth-year quarterback Kellen Mond this offseason before selecting Spencer Rattler in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Carr is still clearly set as the starter, but the competition for QB2 figures to be wide open this offseason. Haener's experience within the Saints' quarterback room should give him an immediate leg up on Peterman, Mond and Rattler. 33-year-old Taysom Hill is also listed as a quarterback by the Saints, but he's better described as a multi-use player who regularly slots in at positions across the offense and special teams. It's highly unlikely that the team will carry more than three quarterbacks on the active roster during the 2024 campaign. Therefore, it will be worth monitoring how this competition shapes up during offseason workouts and training camp while projecting this quarterback depth chart.

Never plays as rookie

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Haener did not appear in a game during his 2023 rookie season.

Haener was suspended for the first six games of the season and never appeared in any games as a rookie. The fourth-round pick likely never would have seen the field even if he was not suspended, as veteran Jameis Winston appeared firmly planted as the Saints' primary backup quarterback behind Derek Carr heading into the regular season. The starting signal-caller was knocked out of three games due to injuries this season, and Winston handled the remainder of quarterback reps in his absence. Haener will likely get an opportunity to compete with Winston for the No. 2 quarterback spot heading into the 2024 campaign.

Will be emergency QB in Week 14

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-10

Haener (coach's decision) is inactive and will serve as the Saints' emergency quarterback Sunday against Carolina.

Haener has yet to see game action since being taken in the fourth round of this year's draft. Earlier in the week there appeared to be a chance that he could suit up this Sunday to work behind Jameis Winston with Derek Carr in concussion protocol and dealing with multiple injuries, but Carr ultimately was cleared to suit up against the Panthers. As such, Haener will be eligible to play in the contest only if the two QBs ahead of him are injured.

Back from suspension

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-16

Haener (suspension) was reinstated from the NFL on Monday, John Hendrix of reports.

Haener will return to the Saints after completing his six-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drugs policy. The rookie will be back in his role as the team's third, maybe fourth-string quarterback behind the likes of Derek Carr, Jameis Winston and possibly Taysom Hill.

Suspended six games

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-06

The NFL is suspending Haener for six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Kat Terrell of ESPN reports.

The rookie fourth-round pick otherwise would've started his career as the Saints' third or fourth quarterback, behind Derek Carr, Jameis Winston and possibly Taysom Hill. It won't impact the team's plans for this season but will cost Haener a lot of money and could hurt his standing with the organization moving forward.

Waffles in preseason finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-28

Haener went 17-for-38 passing for 172 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Texans.

Haener finishes the preseason going 38-for-72 for 395 yards and one touchdown to three interceptions across the Saints' three exhibitions. The rookie signal-caller showed some flashes throughout these games, but it seems clear that he still needs some time to catch up to NFL starting defenses. In the meantime, Jameis Winston, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown Sunday, should have the Saints No. 2 quarterback spot locked for the 2023 season, giving Haener additional time to learn and develop as a potential long-term successor to current starter Derek Carr.

Rookie jitters in preseason debut

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-14

Haener went 10-of-17 passing for 105 yards and one touchdown to one interception in Sunday's 26-24 preseason victory over Kansas City.

Haener played the entire second half alongside most of the Saints' second- and third-team offensive players. The fourth-round rookie got off to a rough start with three straight incompletions on his first two offensive series, including an interception when he overthrew Saints wideout James Washington near midfield. Haener did bounce back with a seven-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass to running back Ellis Merriweather, pulling New Orleans within one point at just under 1.5 minutes remaining. Overall, Haener performed alright given the noticeable struggles from the Saints' backup offensive line, though it seems unlikely that he'll push veteran Jameis Winston for the No. 2 quarterback spot anytime soon.

Doing well during practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-01

Haener is doing well during camp and accomplished another good showing Wednesday, Sean Fazende reports.

Haener has been hitting his targets during practice. Fazende specifically mentions him hitting Jesse James on a deep corner route, and another strong throw to Keith Kirkwood over the middle of the field. Selected in the fourth round of the 2023 Draft, Haener is expected to fall behind Derek Carr and Jameis Winston on the team's positional depth chart, but with Winston on the last year of his contract, it's possible Haener could ultimately be vying for the backup role to Carr.

Going to New Orleans

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-04-29

The Saints selected Haener in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 127th overall.

Haener is a very small quarterback (6-feet, 207 pounds), but in a league where Bryce Young goes first overall it should also make sense for a player like Haener to go in the fourth. The Fresno State product was a high-volume, high-efficiency passer for multiple seasons in college, throwing for 9,013 yards, 67 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his final 29 games. At the combine Haener showed plus athleticism by logging a 35-inch vertical and 7.01-second three-cone drill, seemingly making him a quality depth project for the Saints.

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