Mariota returns; Jets top Titans 7-3 in preseason opener

Mariota returns; Jets top Titans 7-3 in preseason opener

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.

But despite the caution exercised with their second-year signal caller, Hackenberg came nowhere close to repeating the sins of yesteryear.

For the first time since fracturing his fibula against the Jaguars, the St. Louis alum returned to the field Saturday for the Titan's preseason game against the Jets. 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.

Unlike the Titans, the Jets' quarterback situation is more muddled. It's all about seeing what backups and third-stringers can do in real game simulations and also testing out certain packages and plays in games that don't even matter. Can Hackenberg overtake Josh McCown for the starting job?

After Josh McCown led the Green & White to a scoring drive in his only series, Hackenberg entered just past the midway point of the first quarter.

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RUNNING GAME: With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell out, the Jets went to a running game by committee. Hackenberg completed 18 of 25 passes for 127 yards in the 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, his only turnover a botched snap. He converted a pair of third downs on his final drive, but that possession ended in plus-territory after a bad exchange between Jonatthan Harrison and Hackenberg.

Hackenberg connected on his first five passes and opened 9-for-11. He found Robby Anderson on a 53-yard deep pass where Anderson beat Logan Ryan, the Titans' big free-agent signing at cornerback. Leonard Williams sacked Mariota, and the Jets held Tennesee to a three-and-out on their second series. When it was first team vs. first team - the Jets limited the Titans to 28 yards on two series. Highly touted ArDarius Stewart caught a ball for eight yards in the third quarter.

RECEIVERS: With the Jets' receiving corps being in the spotlight lately, they certainly showed their flexibility and depth.

This Julian Stanford sack temporarily put Titans rookie QB Alex Tanney out of the game.

Well, it's Thursday and the season that Jets fans have been dreading since March is only two days away. Martin also had a fumble recovery. The Jets' defense had eight sacks in the game.

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