13 August, 2017
He completed 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards and also ran once for a six-yard gain.
Jets coach Todd Bowles has not put any type of time frame on deciding who his starting quarterback will be for Week 1 in Buffalo on September 10, but it is reasonable to expect a decision after the third preseason game with the Giants in two weeks.
But in new offensive coordinator John Morton's system, Hackenberg looked comfortable and poised - despite playing only one drive with the first teamers. He was on the field for the first day of training camp, and has made strides along the way.
NY scored its lone touchdown when Josh McCown connected wtih Charone Peake on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter. This was Hackenberg's first game since September 1, 2016, when he played the preseason finale at Philadelphia. Leonard Williams sacked Mariota, and the Jets held Tennesee to a three-and-out on their second series. McCown figures to see more time in that game, but all eyes will again be on Hackenberg. Hackenberg struggled that night, completing only 11-of-31 passes and throwing a mind-numbingly bad interception that he should never have tried to throw in the first place. Both passes were strong throws to the sideline, leading the receiver perfectly. He also almost had a pass intercepted in the first half after it was tipped at the line.
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As if in direct response to every single negative thing people have had to say about the Jets this preseason (and there have been many), McCown and company kicked off the game with a near-perfect drive, going 78 yards in eight plays to score only 3:52 into the game. He found Robby Anderson on a 53-yard deep pass where Anderson beat Logan Ryan, the Titans' big free-agent signing at cornerback. Anderson, the Jets' presumed No. 1 receiver after the loss of Quincy Enunwa, hauled in the pass at the Titans 2-yard line.
McCown finished 3-of-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown. Hackenberg's average depth of target hovered around three yards until his final series, and he averaged 5.08 yards per attempt.
It wasn't all good. Punter Lachlan Edwards, the only punter on the roster, struggled. Bryce Petty got mop-up duty, playing one series in the third quarter and the entire fourth.