What to watch for in the New York Jets preseason opener

MAY 23 2017 FILE

Hackenberg was successful throughout the game with some quick hits out of the backfield and a few yards downfield. Both passes were strong throws to the sideline, leading the receiver perfectly. But he moved around the pocket with confidence and was in control. He was interception free and finished the night 18-for-25 for 127 yards and one sack. He only aired it out downfield once, and his longest completion was 14 yards. For an opening game, however, there weren't any wrinkles. Charone Peake caught a four-yard touchdown pass three plays later to get the Jets on the board. However, McCown exited after the opening series.

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. And they answered the call. Granted, it wasn't flawless - his pass with 2:50 left in the second quarter, intended for Charone Peake, tipped off the offensive line and was almost intercepted, and he added a turnover late in the third quarter, off a fumbled snap - but it did display exactly why the Jets were so high on him in the first place.

Tonight for the Jets, it's all about the quarterback, offensive line, defensive secondary, linebackers, ah heck, the entire team, to be honest.

The unit held Tennessee to 89 yards at halftime, 35 of those on the ground. Freddie Bishop did nothing special while playing with the first-string D opposite Jordan Jenkins (who also had a great sack), so don't be surprised if Martin gets more first-team looks next week. If he can stay healthy through the preseason, the Titans open 2017 at home against the Oakland Raiders on September 10 with Mariota under center.

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The Heisman victor was replaced by Alex Tanney early in the second quarter.

The Jets, too, kept to their professed game plan.

Rookie Elijah McGuire took the lead with some swift moves around the corner early, but he eventually had trouble getting past the line. He also rushed for six yards. The Jets totaled 56 rushing yards, averaging 1.8 yards on 31 carries, and tallied only one rushing first down. From the start, the Titans' run defense did a nice job of stopping everything the Jets threw at them.

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

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