Josh McCown made his only drive of the game count Saturday night, when he tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Charone Peake in the New York Jets' 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener for both teams at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. They've purged most of their veteran talent in favor of rebuilding the team in favor of a bright future.
Hackenberg's production wasn't great - no points in eight possessions - but you have to grade on a curve when it comes to the former second-round pick.
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And then there was Hackenberg, who had a good night by any measure. In the meantime, the second-year quarterback can take comfort in the fact he has come a long way since that terrible night in Philadelphia.
But in new offensive coordinator John Morton's system, Hackenberg looked comfortable and poised - despite playing only one drive with the first teamers. The bulk of the yardage came on a 53-yard strike to Robby Anderson that gave NY a first-and-goal situation.
So, progress yes. But let's be clear: There is still a long way to go before the Jets can get a definitive read on whether Hackenberg can become a legitimate National Football League quarterback.
His two best throws of the night were on his final drive of the night: a 12-yard pass to tight end Jason Vander Laan and a 14-yard pass to Marquess Wilson in the third quarter. Anderson, the Jets' presumed No. 1 receiver after the loss of Quincy Enunwa, hauled in the pass at the Titans 2-yard line.
McCown, who got the start, also had a strong night.
Throwing short and intermediate passes, he completed 11 of 16 in the opening half for 70 yards. Anderson had three catches for 71 yards, and Chris Harper, continuing his solid play from training camp, caught two balls for 21 yards. The biggest play, of course, was a 53-yard pass from McCown on the Jets' opening drive, setting up Peake for a red zone touchdown. They resulted in six punts, one missed field goal, and one turnover. This was just a tune-up for McCown; look for him to play more next week. A 10-yard Bryce Petty scramble constituted the Jets' longest run of the night.