With this weekend's Super Bowl being played at Metlife Stadium, the focus of the New York media has been shifted onto the Seahawks and Broncos, which has actually led to a refreshing change of perspective.

One angle that's been touched on several times is the fact that there are many similarities between the Seahawks and the Jets, whether that be in terms of the way the teams are currently constituted, or in the ways John Idzik is setting up the team with the intention of building them in the Seahawks' image. Rich Cimini wrote a thoughtful piece on that here.

After the jump, a breakdown of the main similarities that have been identified and a consideration of how accurate the comparisons are, as well as an analysis of whether there are any similarities that have been overlooked.

Direct connections

Clearly the most influential connection between the teams is the fact that Idzik is now the Jets general manager having been Seattle's vice president of football administration from 2007 to 2012 as they built the team which would win the NFC this year. The simplest narrative would be that Idzik was going to follow the Seahawks' blueprint to the letter, but as he says in Cimini's articles, while there are parallels, that's an over-simplified outlook on their approach.

There are some direct connections on the Seahawks coaching staff. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was the Jets head coach in 1994 having been on Bruce Coslet's staff as defensive coordinator for four years prior to that. While that connection has been the focus on much media attention in retrospective articles this week, it's such a long time ago that it doesn't realistically have any impact today. Similarly, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn coached with the Jets in 2007 and 2008 as a defensive line coach under Eric Mangini, but they've changed systems since then. He did coach while David Harris and Calvin Pace were on the team, but they won't have worked with him directly very often.

Surprisingly, there are no direct Jets connections on the Seahawks roster. However, it's worth noting that they have two key players - Quarterback Russell Wilson and Wide Receiver Percy Harvin - who we know the Jets were high on in the draft. Then-senior personnel executive Terry Bradway was said to be so high on Wilson that they referred to the quarterback as "Russell Bradway" behind the scenes. Also, the Jets were rumored to have tried to trade up for Harvin in 2009. Harvin ended up getting drafted by the Vikings and was traded to Seattle this season, although he has missed most of the season through injury. Another offensive player - Tight End Kellen Davis - was a Jets free agency target back in March.

Despite Idzik's arrival, he didn't get much production from any of the guys he brought over that he would have known from his Seahawks days. He did bring four former Seahawks - Brady Quinn, Braylon Edwards, Ben Obomanu and Kellen Winslow Jr. - but only one (Winslow, who ironically never contributed for Seattle) made any meaningful contributions and he isn't expected to remain with the team beyond this year.

Personnel

One comparison the media has made is that each team's coach would be characterized as a "player's coach". It's certainly interesting to see Carroll lead his team to the big game in light of how critical the media has been of Rex Ryan's coaching style in recent years. Perhaps this has some people rethinking their stance on whether it's possible to be successful if that's your style.

Another obvious comparison is the quarterbacks. Both Russell Wilson and Geno Smith are dual-threat quarterbacks with good athleticism. Of course, Wilson had a much better rookie season, although he was pretty inconsistent until midseason. While emulating Wilson might be an absolute best-case scenario for Smith in the short term and expecting that to happen would be seen as overly optimistic, there's no denying there are some similarities in their playing style.

Also of note is the fact that, as is the case with the Jets, many people point to the Seahawks' receiving corps as a weakness, something which they've been protesting is unfair during media week. However, the stats say that their leading receiver (Golden Tate) was only 46th in the NFL in receptions and 31st in yards so maybe Wilson deserves extra credit for producing when his best receiver isn't in the top 45 in receptions or the top 30 in yards. The reality with the Seahawks is that the injury to Harvin (and an injury to Rice later in the year) limited the production of two key players and moved some other players into more prominent roles than originally planned for. Ultimately, however, using the numbers of the leading receiver is a flawed method of evaluating a quarterback because injuries can cause targets to be spread around more thinly and also because if the quarterback played better, then the best receiver would have had better numbers.

The defensive personnel is one similarity that Idzik pointed out in the quotes included in Cimini's article. He talked about both teams being physical, fast and athletic on defense. However, they don't really compare directly. The Seahawks' strength is in their secondary, whereas their defensive line is founded more on strength in depth rather than impact play. Seven different players played more than 480 snaps and five more reserves combined for approximately another 300. Even if you count Quinton Coples as a defensive lineman, the Jets only used six defensive linemen all year. To make this comparison you have to get more into the strategic side of things.

Strategy

Much has been made of the Seahawks' use of the "4-3 under" defense under Carroll. Totally at odds with the Jets "3-4 base defense" of course...right? Not at all. As I wrote back in July, the Jets base defense actually has more in common with the 4-3 over/under defenses than the more vanilla Mangini 3-4 that some corners of the media still seems to think the team employs. Even when the Jets have four linebackers standing up, their alignment is often identical to a 4-3 over/under defense, just with the open side defensive end standing. The Jets regularly open the game in this look and actively use pre-snap shifts to vacillate between the over and under looks, adding a further hybrid element to the defense. This involves the defensive tackles shifting, often so that the nose tackle ends up in a two-gapping role.

Drafting Sheldon Richardson and tweaking Quinton Coples' role so that he was almost exclusively on the outside provided the Jets with ideal personnel to employ this look and the easy narrative would be that Idzik brought it with him from Seattle, but the reality is that the Jets have been using these packages throughout the Rex Ryan era.

On the offensive side of the ball, Idzik made note of the fact that the teams are both strong up front and it's true that they each employ a solid running game led by a back capable of making yards after contact. The Seahawks beat the Saints in the first round of this year's playoffs while Wilson completed just two-of-nine passes in the second half. There aren't many teams that could win a game against a playoff team with numbers like that, but the Jets are arguably one of the others.

One major difference, though, was the fact that the Seahawks maintained this solid running game despite all their lost man-hours on the offensive line. The Jets' linemen didn't miss a single game due to injury, whereas none of the Seahawks started every game and they had to change their alignment several times. We don't know for certain that the Jets would have struggled with guys like Oday Aboushi and Caleb Schlauderaff forced into significant spot duty, but it does seem probable.

Building a contender

The Seahawks were 11-5 last year and then went 13-3 this year as they made the Super Bowl. However, looking back to the three years prior to that, they had to endure some futility. They won five, seven and seven games over the three previous seasons - although in the middle of those three seasons, they did win a division title and a first round playoff matchup.

The Jets will enter next year with eight, six and eight wins over their previous three seasons and will be hoping next year is where they can start to take things up a notch as the Seahawks did last year. The Jets are definitely a team in a position to invest in some talent (whether that be in terms of extending and retaining their own guys or via the draft and free agency), rather than being in a position where they need to consolidate their position and try to maintain continuity without compromising their cap situation.

The key to the Seahawks' rebuilding process has been building through the draft. Scoring major contributors like Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the middle rounds is a surefire way to bolster your talent, but the Seahawks also had some good depth from their recent drafts. Like the Colts, their 2012 improvement came about with several rookies starting and contributing which obviously affords them the financial flexibility to make other moves. For the Jets, while it perhaps won't be reflected in the win-loss column until next season - and there were undeniable teething troubles across the board - they did get significant contributions in terms of playing time from five of their 2013 picks, and should have plenty of picks this year too.

Cap situation

That brings us to the cap situation for each team. As you'd expect, with the Jets just getting started in the retooling process, they have much more cap room than the Seahawks. According to OverTheCap.com, only six teams have fewer cap dollars committed to 2014 than the Jets, whereas only six teams have more cap commitments for 2014 than the Seahawks. That doesn't tell the full story, because the Jets have a few contracts they'll be purging to create additional space and the Seahawks have a few key guys who will need to be extended soon.

For the Seahawks, it will be interesting to see whether the media overreacts to their upcoming cap situation, because it's analogous to what the Jets went through over the past few seasons. They're actually in a pretty similar situation to the Jets from 2010 to 2012, but should be absolutely fine for at least a few more years because (a) they don't have many needs, (b) they have a few bigger deals that can be purged with younger and cheaper guys capable of replacing those players and (c) they have some scope to restructure deals to create more space and extend their window if required. Add to that the fact that Wilson cannot (by rule) get an extension until after next season and the Seahawks have plenty of scope to keep their roster loaded for years to come, especially if they keep hitting on draft choices which will make their more higher priced talent expendable down the road.

Idzik will get a lot of praise from the media for "fixing" the Jets' cap situation and will likely get credit for following the sort of measured approach that the Seahawks are admired for, but in reality most of the moves the Jets made in 2013 were moves that Tannenbaum was destined to make anyway, due to the in-built flexibility in most of his contracts. The biggest difference here is nothing to do with cap management, but rather everything to do with personnel evaluation. Even with a cap structure in place, if you waste significant cap room on a player who under-performs - or cap room is wasted because a high-priced player misses a ton of time with injuries - then your roster flexibility might struggle to recover. Each of those things happened to the Jets too often over the last couple of years.

What about Denver?

Due to the Idzik connection, the comparisons between the Seahawks and Jets are inevitable, but what about the Broncos? If things went slightly differently, could the Jets have ended up more like the Broncos than the Seahawks by 2014? We can only speculate on how seriously the Jets considered trying to acquire Peyton Manning when he became available a few years ago. Most people seem to think he wouldn't have wanted to play for Ryan, but that's total speculation too. Who's to say he wouldn't have relished the challenge of playing across town (sort of) from his brother? It's a major "what if?" but although it's an over-simplification to suggest that Manning IS the Denver Broncos, there's no denying the influence he has on his offensive line, his receivers and the perception of the organization as a place free agents would want to be - and it's now obvious the Jets could have afforded to pay him if they got rid of Mark Sanchez, as I wrote at the time.

There are other similarities too. The Broncos employed the 4-3 under extensively over the last two seasons when Von Miller was available and he has produced incredible numbers, mostly from the strongside linebacker position that Calvin Pace plays, not - as you might expect - from the weakside edge rusher spot played by Coples.

Conclusions

It's interesting to look at the parallels between the Jets and Seahawks. Obviously, Seattle must be doing something right and the fact that the Jets are doing some similar things is a positive sign - as is the fact that the man now in charge of the Jets played an influential role with Seattle.

The biggest difference between the teams right now, other than how far along they are in their efforts to build a contender, is the fact that Seattle's roster is much deeper due to the success they've enjoyed in the draft in recent years. With up to 12 picks coming up this year, along with a favorable cap situation to try and fill some needs, the Jets have a good chance to start to make up some ground in that area.

Also critical is the fact that Seattle is getting consistently good play from the vital quarterback position. One way or another, the Jets will be hoping to close that gap too next season, but as we've seen in recent years, that's easier said than done.

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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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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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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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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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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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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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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 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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Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest news and updates from Jets camp as they get ready for their first preseason game on Saturday.

 

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets corner Buster Skrine thinks this year's secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out. 

"This is my seventh year in the NFL and this is one of the most aggressive groups I've been around - and confident," Skrine said, according to Newsday.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg had another tough day at practice Wednesday, throwing two interceptions during team drills. It marked the second straight day that Hackenberg threw two picks during 11-on-11 drills. 

The second-year quarterback had not thrown an interception during his first eight practices of training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in what Hackenberg can do on the field, regardless of what has happened the last two days. 

"It's practice," Bowles told reporters Wednesday. "The defense has got to get turnovers. I'd be concerned if they weren't. They got two today, but we're cleaning some things up, and we're learning as we go. It's going to be up and down every day, so we'll just go from there."

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