Christian Hackenberg shows definite signs of progress in Jets' preseason opener

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

McCown, who got the start, also had a strong night. Penn State darling, quarterback of the Jets' future - headed into Philadelphia last preseason with hopes of showing what he could do and instead showed all the things he couldn't. Playing mostly with the backup offensive line and the backup receivers, Hackenberg proved that he's made considerable progress in the last 12 months.

Granted, it wasn't flawless - his pass with 2:50 left in the second quarter, intended for Charone Peake, tipped off the offensive line and was almost intercepted, and he added a turnover late in the third quarter, off a fumbled snap - but it did display exactly why the Jets were so high on him in the first place. Actually the preseason, but, seeing as the Jets 2017 season will probably be over five weeks into the regular season, why not enjoy the meaningless games while they're meaningless?

In his second National Football League season, Mariota completed 276-of-451 passes for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 95.6 passer in 2016 before suffering the fractured fibula in a Week 16.

And though Hackenberg was the marquee attraction on Saturday, he was hardly the only positive.

The 38-year-old marched the Jets' offense down the field on the opening drive, going 78 yards in eight plays. He only aired it out downfield once, and his longest completion was 14 yards.

The former Navarre standout caught one pass for eight yards in the New York Jets' 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener for both teams.

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Christian Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, took over for McCown and played until late in the third quarter. He found Robby Anderson on a 53-yard deep pass where Anderson beat Logan Ryan, the Titans' big free-agent signing at cornerback.

McCown went 3-for-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown before calling it a night. They resulted in six punts, one missed field goal, and one turnover.

Bryce Petty took over with a minute left in the third quarter and finished the game.

The Jets' starting defense looked dominant against the Marcus Mariota-led Titans. Anderson, the Jets' presumed No. 1 receiver after the loss of Quincy Enunwa, hauled in the pass at the Titans 2-yard line.

The much-discussed Jets wide receiving corps did OK on Saturday night.

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