Mariota returns; Jets top Titans 7-3 in preseason opener

McCown Hack & Petty A look at the Jets QBs in preseason opener

At least that's what it felt like. Hackenberg's average depth of target hovered around three yards until his final series, and he averaged 5.08 yards per attempt. Actually the preseason, but, seeing as the Jets 2017 season will probably be over five weeks into the regular season, why not enjoy the meaningless games while they're meaningless?

And though Hackenberg was the marquee attraction on Saturday, he was hardly the only positive.

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RUNNING GAME: With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell out, the Jets went to a running game by committee. That may have been partly Hackenberg's choice, but it felt like the coaches limited the game plan to help Hackenberg's confidence, and because they don't trust him to run the full offense.

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Murphy was already slated to miss the first four games of the season after being suspended for violating the NFL's PEDs policy . The 26-year-old recorded a career-high nine sacks in 2016, trailing only Ryan Kerrigan's 11 among Washington defenders.

Hackenberg played eight drives.

By all accounts, Ross Martin is "winning" the kicking competition in camp as Catanzaro misses short field goal attempts with embarrassing frequency. McCown started the game and scored promptly, Hackenberg took over on the Jets second series, and things got a lot more tentative after that.

He appeared less tentative than he's been in the past, his mechanics were improved and his sideline rapport with Josh McCown was continuous.

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. Bryce Petty got mop-up duty, playing one series in the third quarter and the entire fourth. Hackenberg completed 18 of 25 passes for 127 yards in the 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, his only turnover a botched snap.

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Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea's transfer business, with the summer window open until August 31. And Chelsea fans were utterly convinced they were back under Mourinho's curse.

The Titans allowed the Jets to score only seven points.

Below you'll find our live tracker for tonight's Titans vs. Jets game. The Jets defense totaled eight sacks, while Jordan Jenkins - making a strong case for a starting role at outside linebacker - had three solo tackles, with one for a loss, along with a sack.

The Jets' offense through 11 training camp was equal parts dink and dunk.

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. Receiver Harry Douglas, who is fighting for Tre McBride and Eric Weems for a roster spot, looked pretty good when he was on the field Saturday night.

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He said: "We were favourites last season and missed out by 15 points, so being favourites this season means nothing". Mourinho signed the Brazilian for Chelsea back in the summer of 2013, but Willian insists he is happy at Chelsea.

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