Christian Hackenberg shows definite signs of progress in Jets' preseason opener

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The second-year mystery man answered some questions in the New York Jets' preseason opener Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, delivering a respectable performance in his first game action in a year.

The preseason games have been serving the objective tune-up for everyone. 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. This was about seeing progress from Hackenberg, and he showed that. Hackenberg struggled that night, completing only 11-of-31 passes and throwing a mind-numbingly bad interception that he should never have tried to throw in the first place. The drive ended with Ryan Succop's 36-yard field goal. Both passes were strong throws to the sideline, leading the receiver perfectly. Hackenberg's final play of the night was a turnover on a botched snap - it was hard to tell if it was Hackenberg's fault or the center's. The good: Hack started 14-for-18 where the only incompletions were three drops and a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage.

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Hackenberg played eight drives.

NY scored its lone touchdown when Josh McCown connected wtih Charone Peake on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter. 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.

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By all accounts, Ross Martin is "winning" the kicking competition in camp as Catanzaro misses short field goal attempts with embarrassing frequency. One of his punts went only 14 yards, and he failed to pin the Titans offense deep in Jets' territory. Freddie Bishop did nothing special while playing with the first-string D opposite Jordan Jenkins (who also had a great sack), so don't be surprised if Martin gets more first-team looks next week. Petty finished 2-of-6 for 16 yards and took a hard hit on a sack.

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