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And then there was Hackenberg, who had a good night by any measure.
But Saturday night, as the preseason got under way, the Jets looked like something else. 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. The field goal Catanzaro missed tonight, in his first game in a Jets' uniform, was 55 yards, yet his kicking power wasn't to blame. This was Hackenberg's first game since September 1, 2016, when he played the preseason finale at Philadelphia.
But in new offensive coordinator John Morton's system, Hackenberg looked comfortable and poised - despite playing only one drive with the first teamers.
But despite the caution exercised with their second-year signal caller, Hackenberg came nowhere close to repeating the sins of yesteryear. He overthrew two sideline patterns and had two dropped passes.
But there were also mistakes.
Hack also fumbled the ball twice, first on the final play of the first half (recovered by New York), and again on his last play of the night, giving it up to the Titans. He also almost had a pass intercepted in the first half after it was tipped at the line.
The Penn State product easily could have been spurred by the performance of Josh McCown, who impressively led the Jets downfield on their opening, eight-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in his four-yard TD flip to Charone Peake. Anderson had three catches for 71 yards, and Chris Harper, continuing his solid play from training camp, caught two balls for 21 yards. He was 3 of 4 for 72 yards and a touchdown in his one series, which was enough for the win because the Jets defense had eight sacks and was dominant throughout. His line this time was 18-for-25, for 127 yards and no touchdowns - a far cry from previous year - when he went 11-for-31 for only 54 yards against the Eagles.
It wasn't all good. Punter Lachlan Edwards, the only punter on the roster, struggled. His completion average was 5.1 and hit QB rating was 83.1 The lone question will be his ability to accurately throw downfield, having the strongest arm in camp. Anderson had the big grab from McCown, showing his speed on the 53-yard play as he ran right past Ryan. Bryce Petty (2-for-6, 17 yards) cleaned up, and it wasn't pretty.