This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

This week, we're splitting the BGA into two. We'll cover the offense here and defense and special teams in part two later today. Let's get going...

Quarterbacks

This was an interesting test for the first-string offense with Chris Ivory, Jeff Cumberland and Eric Decker all ruled out before kickoff. Geno Smith fared pretty well overall, although he did do most of his damage after the Bengals had removed most of their starters from the game. Still, the offense wasn't completely impotent against the starters - Smith completed five passes for 54 yards and the Jets rushed nine times for 37 yards in just over a quarter. In large part due to penalties, the Jets only scored three points against the starters but Smith regrouped and led two touchdown drives to make it a one-point game at the half.

Smith benefited from some good pass protection and did a fine job of surveying the field and confidently hitting on some downfield passes. As we've come to expect, he also made some good plays with his legs, including a short touchdown run after a nice fake. Overall, he completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards.

The one black mark was his interception, which came on a play where he released the ball as receiver David Nelson was making his break back to the ball and it seemed to be on Nelson quicker than he expected. You'll recall that this was a throw Smith seemed to be constantly late on last year before developing some good timing with Nelson. The fact Nelson didn't react to the ball was obviously a timing issue and I couldn't say who was at fault there. At least it wasn't a bad read by Smith.

Backup Michael Vick accounted for 70 yards and a touchdown through the air, but actually most of that yardage came after the catch as he got 26 yards on a screen to Daryl Richardson and 17 and a touchdown on another screen to Clyde Gates. The other three completions were all short dump-offs and he also had an 18 yard gain on a screen pass negated by a hold.

Once again Vick made a first down on a scramble and the touchdown drive essentially provided the Jets with the winning score. He did miss on a deep ball with his pass down the sideline to Jacoby Ford being slightly off-line and caught out of bounds.

Tajh Boyd saw reps this week with the third unit and continued the apparent struggles he's been dealing with in practice. His only completion was a low catch by Michael Campbell a yard short of the marker on 3rd and seven. Of his four incompletions, one was a deep ball that was broken up, but three were passes he could have hit on - one was too low and the others, including what should have been an easy dump-off to Chris Pantale, were too high. Boyd looked nervous. Clearly these are passes he is capable of making from his college film.

Matt Simms was rested this week, but nothing Boyd did will have loosened his grip on the third QB role ... if such a role exists.

Offensive Line - Starters

The offensive line put up some terrific numbers - no sacks and 169 yards rushing at five yards a pop - although that was partly mitigated by them combining for 90 yards in penalties. That's not including another 15 yards which was not assessed because there was already a penalty on the same play. As Bassett wrote last night, this amount of penalty yardage is a major concern and it's actually a credit to the offensive execution that they still put enought points on the board to win. Sure, some of the penalties may have been bad calls, unnecessary holds that didn't affect the outcome of the play or roughness penalties where cooler heads might have prevailed in a more meaningful game. However, the Jets need to ensure they play with much better discipline once the season gets underway.

If they do play with better discipline the signs are looking good for the offensive line this year. Pass protection was excellent with just a couple of individual breakdowns and plenty of plays where the quarterback had plenty of time to survey the scene. As for the running game, they were good throughout, but really picked things up in the second quarter. This coincided with Brian Winters getting into the game at left guard and he did have several key blocks on the two touchdown drives. Yes, it did also coincide with the Bengals taking their starters out of the game, but there was still an immediate cohesiveness that seemed apparent with the projected starters together for the first time.

It was surprising to hear that Aboushi would be getting the start, after Winters had been working mostly with the first unit recently and did perform well in game one. However, for Aboushi it was important to get him some quality reps at guard because he had to fill in mostly at tackle last week due to a couple of injuries at the back end of the roster.

Aboushi started off at left guard, then stayed at left guard while Winters got some reps at right guard. Finally, Winters got to run with the first unit at left guard and then later in the game, they both worked with the second unit on the right side with Winters at guard and Aboushi at tackle. As noted, the running game really picked up once Winters got in the game, but that's not to say that it was bad with Aboushi in and going up against starters. Although Geno Atkins was out, Brandon Thompson is a good young player against the run and Atkins' main strength is as a pass rusher anyway, so that was still a formidable test against a good front seven.

While operating at guard, Aboushi fared quite well. He didn't surrender any pressure and although he let his man get off his block to stuff one run, he also made a good interior kick-out block on another run. When he moved to tackle in the second half it was a different story. He had a couple of good run blocks, but also got beaten a couple of times for a pressure and once on a running play that was stuffed in the backfield. He also got called for a blatant, but totally unnecessary hold, negating an 18-yard pass play. Right now, you'd have to feel more confident with him if called upon to fill in at guard than at tackle, so perhaps they need another backup tackle on the roster. Three of the four negative plays that I mentioned came on consecutive plays, but he was more settled other than that.

Winters gave up 50 yards in penalties, ruining what was an otherwise pretty encouraging performance. Other than the penalties, the only real negative was one play where he allowed a pass rusher to come free off his left shoulder and perhaps should have passed off the man he was blocking sooner to pick that up. As noted, he had some good run blocks, including a pulling reach block to seal his man back to the inside, one other pulling block and a good driving seal block on the first touchdown. He also got out in front of a screen to make a good block.

What's most encouraging about the left guard play is that - while there are obviously ups and downs with both contenders - D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are looking good. Neither gave up any pressure and both made positive contributions in the running game with the Jets seeing plenty of success running wide left with Ferguson setting the edge. Mangold did a good job on Bilal Powell's touchdown and drove his man out of the play on Powell's long run. These two were also penalty free.

The right side of the line looks to be developing some good chemistry. Giacomini didn't allow any pressure this week after some wobbles in his first game and Colon just got beaten once on the inside leading to pressure and a holding call. Giacomini also had a bad penalty for an illegal block and each of them were flagged for fighting after Smith's interception. In the running game, other than one play where Giacomini was beaten inside for a run stuff, they both did solid work. Giacomini made some good blocks at the second level, which seems to be somewhere he's an upgrade over Austin Howard. That included on Powell's long run where Colon drove his guy laterally out of the play and Giacomini blocked a safety to the outside at the second level to open the running lane. Colon also made a good pulling block to spring a nice run off the left side.

Offensive Line - Backups

One innocuous play early in the second half provided a perfect microcosm of the game as a whole. Dakota Dozier - the second string left guard - immediately got rocked back and allowed his man to get upfield leverage. However, he kept his hands on him, moved his feet and managed to regain enough leverage to reanchor himself in front of Vick and enable Vick to dump the ball off for a short gain. While Dozier was dominated initially on that play and perhaps that's the primary cause for concern, he battled back into it and got the job done, from which we can take some positives. You can pretty much say the same thing for the Jets as a team after yesterday's game.

Other than that play, Dozier only had a couple of negatives and did do a good job of getting out in front of Clyde Gates on the screen pass for the go-ahead touchdown. I think he's a keeper, although I don't know if he'll see action this season.

Second unit left tackle Ben Ijalana settled down last week after a rocky start and continued that this week. He did get beaten outside for a pressure once and allowed his man to hit Michael Vick (although that was after he was initially blocked and Vick held the ball for a few seconds before rolling out), otherwise holding up in pass protection. Ijalana flashed terrific athleticism in getting out in front of the screen passes from Vick to Richardson and Gates which accounted for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Backup center Dalton Freeman impressed me this week. He held up well in pass protection and had a couple of good blocks to drive his man away from the play in the running game. He's definitely ahead of Caleb Schlauderaff, who had to wait to get into the game at guard this week with Winters getting extra second unit reps. Schlauderaff did have a couple of good run blocks though.

Schlauderaff entered with débutante Brent Qvale on the right side when Winters and Aboushi finally went to the bench. Qvale later moved to left tackle, giving Ijalana some rest and Bruce Campbell a chance for some reps at right tackle. Marcus Zusevics remains out while Patrick Ford and Will Campbell saw some late action at guard.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson had a nice output with 63 yards on 10 carries, as the Jets had good success running him around left end and also started to mix in the sprint draw - a Marty Mornhinweg staple which was seldom-used last season. It seemed like Johnson's running was a little labored at first, but he apparently shook the cobwebs loose eventually. To put up those numbers in one half is an encouraging sign for what he'll be able to do once he's playing four quarters.

For the past three years, Jets fans seem to have spent the offseason writing off Powell and each time Powell has done nothing but make positive contributions. Powell contributed 54 yards and a touchdown on six touches, breaking several tackles in the process. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, he looked sharp and did a great job filling in for the injured Chris Ivory. The Jets are lucky to have Powell, who will likely be called upon to do that a time or two during the regular season too.

While I don't think he can oust Powell, Richarson did a good job of making a case for the team keeping four halfbacks on the roster showing great burst on his 26-yard catch and run. He also rushed for 23 yards on seven carries and had a good blitz pick-up.

Alex Green had a rough time of it, gaining just seven yards on six carries. None of this was really his fault, but he has yet to establish himself on offense and seems to be falling behind Richardson. He might be a superior special teamer, but I don't know that this will be enough to earn him a roster spot.

For the fullbacks, Tommy Bohanon had a nine yard catch but got trucked on a linebacker blitz and probably should have been flagged for a takedown on that play. Chad Young again had one outstanding block where he met a linebacker in the hole and kicked them outside to create a lane. He couldn't come up with a low Boyd pass though.

Receivers

None of the Jets receivers put up particularly good numbers, with the Jets only completing 16 passes, including just six of 14 in the second half. As noted, Nelson may have been at fault on the interception. He had two short catches. The only other wideout with two catches was Greg Salas who led the Jets with 31 yards, 20 of which came on a nice throw down the seam by Smith.

Jeremy Kerley - not targeted last week - picked up 21 on a quick slant and also had a good downfield block on Powell's long run. Stephen Hill's blocking was also good on a couple of occasions and he made a nice leaping grab on third down. However, he looked to have secured another reception over the middle, only to have the ball jarred loose by a combination of the safety and linebacker. Gates scored the touchdown but failed to come up with a third down catch with the Jets backed up near their goal line. He felt he was interfered with on that one.

Ford and Saalim Hakim were each targeted on an unsuccessful deep ball. Michael Campbell had one catch but fell to the ground just shy of the marker and had another high pass go off his hands.

Finally, Quincy Enunwa was not targeted but made a good block from the slot to help spring Gates for his touchdown.

At tight end, with Cumberland out, Jace Amaro had three catches for 42 yards, although one was negated by a penalty. Still he made a nice downfield catch and looks good running with the ball. It was good to see him catch the ball each time he was targeted too. He had a couple of run blocking plays where he could have done a bit better, but one time in pass protection he was blocking a defensive end one on one and although he almost got beaten outside he managed to stay on his man and hold up well. It did look like he was at fault on an early 12 men on the field penalty though.

Other than from Amaro, the Jets didn't get much from their tight ends. Zach Sudfeld was targeted twice but both were inaccurate throws that fell incomplete and Pantale had Boyd miss him in the flat. Pantale also missed one block.

Part two will look at the defense and special teams, including some detailed breakdowns of what was going on in the secondary. We'll be posting this later today.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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Jets Training Camp report 00:01:37
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets WR Anderson on Hackenberg 00:01:31
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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