Well-traveled veteran Josh McCown got the start for NY.
Vikings: Minnesota waived running back Bishop Sankey with an injured designation after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the preseason opener.
The Jets are hoping it's a sign of things to come after finishing fourth in the AFC East a year ago with a 5-11 record.
It's silly to read too much into a preseason game, especially the first preseason game.
For the first time since fracturing his fibula against the Jaguars, the St. Louis alum returned to the field Saturday for the Titan's preseason game against the Jets.
In his second National Football League season, Mariota completed 276-of-451 passes for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 95.6 passer in 2016 before suffering the fractured fibula in a Week 16. It's all about seeing what backups and third-stringers can do in real game simulations and also testing out certain packages and plays in games that don't even matter.
And though Hackenberg was the marquee attraction on Saturday, he was hardly the only positive.
As if in direct response to every single negative thing people have had to say about the Jets this preseason (and there have been many), McCown and company kicked off the game with a near-perfect drive, going 78 yards in eight plays to score only 3:52 into the game. 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. He found Robby Anderson on a 53-yard deep pass where Anderson beat Logan Ryan, the Titans' big free-agent signing at cornerback. Petty completed two of six passes for 16 yards. He only aired it out downfield once, and his longest completion was 14 yards.
McCown went 3-for-4 for 72 yards and the touchdown before calling it a night.
Corner Darryl Roberts was burned for a 42-yard gain, and Bryce Petty didn't do much as he played the final quarter and change behind Hackenberg and McCown. He was sacked once for a seven-yard loss. Hackenberg's average depth of target hovered around three yards until his final series, and he averaged 5.08 yards per attempt.
The Jets forced two turnovers in the second half. The Jets' defense had eight sacks in the game.