What to watch for in the New York Jets preseason opener

What to watch for in the New York Jets preseason opener

What to watch for in the New York Jets preseason opener

While his night might have ended with a turnover, Hackenberg took small steps forward once again. It was the preseason opener for both teams, and it was as ugly as you would expect a game in early August to be.

The Jets are hoping it's a sign of things to come after finishing fourth in the AFC East previous year with a 5-11 record.

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. No, that's not going to happen in the preseason, but this game wasn't about that.

A third quarter field goal was all that the Titans could manage, and the Jets held on for a 7-3 victory to improve to 1-0 in the preseason.

Costa and Blues still at loggerheads
Chelsea's hopes looked to have gone when a late challenge from Cesc Fabregas on Jack Cork added a second yellow to his first, received for dissent, to leave the Blues with nine men.

Hackenberg saw a drive with the first team offense before the second team offense came on for the rest of the half, and went 11-15 for 70 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

And though Hackenberg was the marquee attraction on Saturday, he was hardly the only positive. 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. He completed 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards and also ran once for a six-yard gain. This was Hackenberg's first game since September 1, 2016, when he played the preseason finale at Philadelphia. There will be some obstacles and adversity along the way but in the grand scheme of things, the Jets are doing it right, at the cost of the 2017 National Football League season. When it was first team vs. first team - the Jets limited the Titans to 28 yards on two series.

Redskins: Washington placed linebacker Trent Murphy on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, and signed Jamari Staples to bolster their injury-depleted wide receiver corps. Anderson had three catches for 71 yards, and Chris Harper, continuing his solid play from training camp, caught two balls for 21 yards. Anderson, outrunning double coverage, made the grab over his left shoulder to land the Jets on the two-yard line. The Jets' defense had eight sacks in the game.

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