Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets Live Tracker: Week 1 Preseason

Christian Hackenberg is in a three-way competition for the starting job with Josh Mc Cown and Bryce Petty Christian Hackenberg is in a three-way competition for the starting job with Josh Mc Cown and Bryce Petty
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 10:14

Christian Hackenberg didn't get the start vs. the Titans, but he got plenty of time behind center as the Jets opened up their preseason schedule with a 7-3 win over Tennessee at MetLife Stadium. They've purged most of their veteran talent in favor of rebuilding the team in favor of a bright future. Josh McCown led the Jets to a quick touchdown on their opening drive, and Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty held it together the rest of the game without managing to bring NY more points.

Want the complete rundown on Hackenberg's evening? No, that's not going to happen in the preseason, but this game wasn't about that.

Those who suggest Hackenberg should simply be anointed as the starter, especially given the low expectations for this year's team, need to be mindful of the possibility he might drown in his own self-doubt should be struggle at the start.

But in new offensive coordinator John Morton's system, Hackenberg looked comfortable and poised - despite playing only one drive with the first teamers.

His two best throws of the night were on his final drive of the night: a 12-yard pass to tight end Jason Vander Laan and a 14-yard pass to Marquess Wilson in the third quarter.

While his night might have ended with a turnover, Hackenberg took small steps forward once again.

So, progress yes. But let's be clear: There is still a long way to go before the Jets can get a definitive read on whether Hackenberg can become a legitimate National Football League quarterback.

Anderson led all receivers with 71 yards on three catches. Tanney had a 67-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor overturned on review during a drive that eventually ended with a 36-yard field goal by Ryan Succop.

McCown finished 3-of-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown. McCown showed deep-ball accuracy, hitting Robby Anderson on a 53-yard bomb - something we haven't seen in training camp.

It wasn't all good.

Hackenberg outperformed Titans' backup quarterback Alex Tanney, who played the final three quarters but was just 11-of-27 for 132 yards and one interception. A 10-yard Bryce Petty scramble constituted the Jets' longest run of the night.