Titans QB Marcus Mariota Returns to Action vs Jets

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

At least that's what it felt like.

Hackenberg completed 18 of 25 passes for 127 yards, averaging a measly 5.1 yards per attempt, in a 7-3 Jets win over the Titans. 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.

And though Hackenberg was the marquee attraction on Saturday, he was hardly the only positive.

Yes, Christian Hackenberg can throw the ball in the ocean. One of his punts went only 14 yards, and he failed to pin the Titans offense deep in Jets' territory. He also fumbled a snap in the third quarter that was lost to the Titans on what looked like a miscommunication with center Jonotthan Harrison. He played eight series, scoring on none of them. 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. On the first, Josh McCown moved the Jets 78 yards in eight plays. The highlight of the night was a perfectly-placed, 53-yard pass to Robby Anderson down the right sideline.

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.

McCown finished 3-of-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown.

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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. Petty completed two of six passes for 16 yards.

OUR PREDICTION: The Titans are the better team here and since most of the starters are in line to play some, a quick lead could set the tone for the game. Anderson, the Jets' presumed No. 1 receiver after the loss of Quincy Enunwa, hauled in the pass at the Titans 2-yard line. Leonard Williams sacked Mariota, and the Jets held Tennesee to a three-and-out on their second series.

The Jets' offense through 11 training camp was equal parts dink and dunk. McCown figures to see more time in that game, but all eyes will again be on Hackenberg. No, that's not going to happen in the preseason, but this game wasn't about that.

There were several drops in the game by wideouts Jalin Marshall and Myles White and from fullbacks Julian Howsare and Anthony Firkser.

Well, it's Thursday and the season that Jets fans have been dreading since March is only two days away.

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