The former Navarre standout caught one pass for eight yards in the New York Jets’ 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener for both teams. Mariota, who threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016 before his injury on December 24 against Jacksonville, played two series in the first quarter. Anderson, the Jets’ presumed No. 1 receiver after the loss of Quincy Enunwa, hauled in the pass at the Titans 2-yard line. Well-traveled veteran Josh McCown got the start for NY.
McCown finished 3-of-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown. Hackenberg was 18 of 25 for 127 yards. Bryce Petty (2-for-6, 17 yards) cleaned up, and it wasn’t pretty. He had three receptions for 71 yards. Few of his passes traveled over five yards, and he never led the Jets on a scoring drive.
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. Expect first round draft pick, wideout Corey Davis, and second-year running back Derrick Henry to see a lot of opportunities in the early going.
TITANS: Quarterback Marcus Mariota took his game to another level in his second year as a pro in 2016, throwing for 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions and notching a 95.6 QB rating. Tanney was 10 of 26 for 128 yards with an interception and lost a fumble on a sack. He is expected to play a couple of series versus the Jets, looking to gain chemistry with a couple new weapons such as wide receiver Eric Decker.
Devon Still, Anthony Johnson, Josh Martin, Jordan Jenkins, Bruce Carter, Leonard Williams, Patrick Gamble and Stanford had sacks for the Jets.
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.
Chandler Catanzaro and Ross Martin are competing for the Jets’ kicking job. They resulted in six punts, one missed field goal, and one turnover. UP NEXT Titans: Host Carolina on Saturday.