Well, it's Thursday and the season that Jets fans have been dreading since March is only two days away. Many believe they'll be the very worst in the NFL. Defensively, the Jets had eight sacks by eight different players and Ronald Martin grabbed an interception when the Titans threatened to score.
The second-year mystery man answered some questions in the New York Jets' preseason opener Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, delivering a respectable performance in his first game action in a year. The results don't matter and winning is not the priority. Well-traveled veteran Josh McCown got the start for NY. He completed 17-of-24 passes for 119 yards and looked confident and comfortable as he played the majority of the game. 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. Alex Tanney replaced Mariota and was sacked by linebacker Julian Stanford on his first play and briefly left the game.
Yes, Christian Hackenberg can throw the ball in the ocean.
New offensive coordinator John Morton didn't ask Hackenberg to do too much, a smart way to break him in. Tennessee took last year's preseason seriously, going 3-1 with all three victories by at least 11 points. The drive ended with Ryan Succop's 36-yard field goal.
But there were also mistakes. He also almost had a pass intercepted in the first half after it was tipped at the line. Unlike the Titans, the Jets' quarterback situation is more muddled. Charone Peake caught a four-yard touchdown pass three plays later to get the Jets on the board. He was 3 of 4 for 72 yards and a touchdown in his one series, which was enough for the win because the Jets defense had eight sacks and was dominant throughout.
It wasn't all good. Punter Lachlan Edwards, the only punter on the roster, struggled. A 10-yard Bryce Petty scramble constituted the Jets' longest run of the night.