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Christian Hackenberg shows definite signs of progress in Jets' preseason opener

13 August 2017

The Jets' O-Line had plenty of interchangeable parts on the night and they only allowed two sacks.

With Christian Hackenberg taking the field Saturday night against the Titans, the Jets rarely let their second-year quarterback air it out. The Jets did not score in their next 13 possessions.

A win is a win, but a preseason win is a preseason win.

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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. Peake also made a great tackle on a punt return (the Titans' returner didn't call for a fair catch) that's exactly the kind of play you like to see wide receivers make.

While his night might have ended with a turnover, Hackenberg took small steps forward once again. Tanney was 10 of 26 for 128 yards with an interception and lost a fumble on a sack. On Tanney's first play.

Well, it's Thursday and the season that Jets fans have been dreading since March is only two days away. However, the most impressive factor was their team speed, which kept Tennessee bottled up for the first three quarters and led to seven sacks. The Jets totaled 56 rushing yards, averaging 1.8 yards on 31 carries, and tallied only one rushing first down.

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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. Jordan Todman also had some moments, carting eight times for 20 yards. Bryce Petty (2-for-6, 17 yards) cleaned up, and it wasn't pretty.

RUNNING GAME: With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell out, the Jets went to a running game by committee.

Anderson looked good early as he caught three balls for 71, and he was one of 15 different receiver to catch passes from the Jets' trifecta of quarterbacks. Playing mostly with the backup offensive line and the backup receivers, Hackenberg proved that he's made considerable progress in the last 12 months. In the second quarter, the second-team offense joined Hackenberg on the field, but so did Tennessee's second-team defense, so that shouldn't be an excuse. He got his evening underway with a 9-yard completion to Robby Anderson and completed his first four attempts. It was a lot of short passes for Hack, which are symptomatic of a West Coast offense.

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Christian Hackenberg shows definite signs of progress in Jets' preseason opener