But Saturday night, as the preseason got under way, the Jets looked like something else.
Unlike the Titans, the Jets' quarterback situation is more muddled. Josh McCown led the Jets to a quick touchdown on their opening drive, and Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty held it together the rest of the game without managing to bring NY more points. But the Jets only crossed midfield once and never seriously threatened to score.
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Bryce Petty came into game with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter. His line this time was 18-for-25, for 127 yards and no touchdowns - a far cry from a year ago - when he went 11-for-31 for only 54 yards against the Eagles. Three plays later, McCown hit Charone Peake for a 4-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Jets lead. 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. Ryan was in complete chase mode for the latter part of the route, and Josh McCown made a nice throw. He struggled with his accuracy and threw a bad interception to Ronald Martin. On Tanney's first play.
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Josh Martin also collected a sack and jumped on a fumble in the second half, but seemed to pop up everywhere as long as he was on the field. First, their quarterback needed to get that first completion out of the way.
It wasn't a night on the ground as the Jets had a combined 31 carries for 60 yards. 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. Jordan Todman also had some moments, carting eight times for 20 yards.
Romar Morris then became the top back and he showed some flash as he carried 12 times for 20 yards. 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. The strong-armed passer delivered the ball with good velocity and wasn't helped by a couple of drops.
New offensive coordinator John Morton didn't ask Hackenberg to do too much, a smart way to break him in. He played eight series, scoring on none of them. Hackenberg's average depth of target hovered around three yards until his final series, and he averaged 5.08 yards per attempt. It was a lot of short passes for Hack, which are symptomatic of a West Coast offense.