Jets quiet Titans in a defensive struggle

MetLife Stadium home of the New York Jets and New York Giants

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.

Want the complete rundown on Hackenberg's evening? He was on the field for the first day of training camp, and has made strides along the way.

A first quarter touchdown pass from Josh McCown to Charone Peake was enough for Gang Green on Saturday night, as the Titans couldn't get anything going at any point.

Christian Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, took over for McCown and played until late in the third quarter. Defensive end Leonard Williams got a sack as the Jets first-team defense allowed only one first down in two drives.

Don't expect the Jets to win many football games this season but the good news is that progression, development, and growth will define this franchise as early as tonight.

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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. Both passes were strong throws to the sideline, leading the receiver perfectly. Hackenberg's final play of the night was a turnover on a botched snap - it was hard to tell if it was Hackenberg's fault or the center's. Safety Ronald Martin intercepted an Alex Tanney pass.

He appeared less tentative than he's been in the past, his mechanics were improved and his sideline rapport with Josh McCown was continuous.

Hackenberg played eight drives. He found Robby Anderson on a 53-yard deep pass where Anderson beat Logan Ryan, the Titans' big free-agent signing at cornerback. When it was first team vs. first team - the Jets limited the Titans to 28 yards on two series. They ended in six punts, a missed field goal and the fumble.

McCown finished 3-of-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown. He only aired it out downfield once, and his longest completion was 14 yards.

Corner Darryl Roberts was burned for a 42-yard gain, and Bryce Petty didn't do much as he played the final quarter and change behind Hackenberg and McCown. Hackenberg's average depth of target hovered around three yards until his final series, and he averaged 5.08 yards per attempt.

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