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 three of your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of how the front seven played on defense.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It's good to be back!

Defensive Line

We're so used to seeing the defensive line being dominant that a performance such as yesterday's can come as a bit of a letdown. There were no sacks or pressure from the starting line and, although they did pretty well against the run, a lack of flashy plays from the group expected to carry the Jets as they did for much of last season. However, I wouldn't get too excited over this lack of production. The Colts released plenty of quick passes. According to PFF, Luck's time to throw was 2.06 on average and the two backups were 2.07 and 2.29 respectively. For context, Vick's was 3.28, Geno's was 2.89 and Simms' was 2.83.

As he alluded to himself in his sideline interview during the second half, Sheldon Richardson was a little disappointed with his performance because he didn't make enough plays. One play that summed his day up well saw him initially driven back off the line, then he shed the block and burst into the hole, but then he let the runner slip though this tackle for a five yard gain. So, he lost, won and then lost again on that play. Another play saw him jump offside. There was one play where he was double teamed in the running game and driven well off the line, something we could expect to see happening to him a lot more this year. However, the run was stuffed for a short gain, so maybe he played his part by occupying those two blockers.

Muhammad Wilkerson got blocked out of a couple of plays early, but still had a couple of disruptive moments. His best play saw him shed the initial block and then stand up the next blocker to blow up a run for no gain. He was also in on a tackle near the line of scrimmage and did beat his man a couple of times as a pass rusher, although the pass was released before he could get to the quarterback.

Damon Harrison was only in for 15 snaps, but did manage to perform a signature penetrate, shed and stuff for no gain. He was blocked out of one play in the running game but, as a pass rusher, did shed a double team to get into the backfield and almost generate a pressure.

Kenrick Ellis was dominant in a short stint against backups. Hopefully he can get some first unit reps at some point during preseason. On one play, he drove back a double team to collapse the pocket and lead to a sack. He also shed a block and stuffed a run for a short gain. Interestingly, they left him in the game on some pass rushing situations. Maybe they intend to investigate increasing his role there.

Leger Douzable definitely had some good moments, again mostly against backups. He actually dropped into coverage quite a few times, which is again interesting. He had a tackle for a loss (two, if you count the one where there was a bad snap) and was in on another run stuff near the line. However, he had one of my favorite plays of the game when he slapped the left guard to the outside with his left hand and then the center to the inside with his right hand to get a clean run up the middle, although again the pass was released too early for him to get credit for a pressure.

In terms of the backups, I was really impressed. TJ Barnes was listed as a second stringer behind Richardson rather than as the third string nose, which raised eyebrows, but that was the role he played (with Ellis at nose) with the second unit. He instantly made waves, collecting an easy sack on a stunt after Ellis collapsed the pocket, but perhaps more impressively than that, driving his man into the quarterback on a bullrush. He also stood up his man, bottling up a run and was in on two tackles behind the line, showing surprising quickness to shoot a gap on one.

Kerry Hyder also displayed some impressive quickness to beat his man outside for a pressure. He also had a good run stuff and made a third down tackle to force a punt. There was one double team that drove him back a good seven or eight yards, so he needs to work on handling those, but on the whole, he jumped out just the way Rex Ryan has said he's been doing.

Tevita Finau is a dependable backup too and he had a couple of tackles in the backfield in a solid performance with no obvious negatives. Anthony Grady and Zach Thompson got in the game right at the end for some reps on the line.

Edge Rushers

Interestingly Quinton Coples, with all the talk about him doing this extra work at being a linebacker was deployed exactly the same as last year. He was standing up on just 11 of 26 snaps and the only time he didn't rush the passer on a pass play, he dropped off about a yard and then a quick pass was thrown the other way. He got in Luck's face on one play after coming underneath on a stunt unblocked, but his best contribution in the passing game was a sharp interior rush which created a lane for David Harris to stunt behind him unblocked for a sack. He did get credit for three tackles, one off the edge to stuff a run for a short gain, one gift after a bad snap for a big loss and one where he showed impressive speed to chase down a running back from behind after a pass to the flat. I had a lump in my throat on that play where he chased down the bad snap because it looked identical to the one on which he broke his ankle last year.

Calvin Pace looked pretty sharp, generating a couple of pressures on outside speed rushes. He also had a tackle for a loss as he came unblocked off the edge and held up well on the edge against a double team to force a run back inside. He did jump offside though.

Jason Babin did a good job in the pass rush, with one good bullrush and one good speed rush off the edge. However, in the running game he lost contain on a third down run to the outside and on another play was blown back off the line. It's clear where his strengths lie these days and I expect the Jets will use him accordingly, although that first run was in a pass rush situation so he can't afford to get caught out like that.

Garrett McIntyre gave up a catch on a play where he was called for defensive holding, but had a good moment as a pass rusher, spinning off his blocker to generate a pressure low on the quarterback.

Troy Davis saw some brief action and beat his blocker outside once. He also nearly blew up a running play in the backfield and although the runner broke his tackle, it still ended up getting stopped for a short gain. He had a horse collar tackle penalty on a dump-off to the flat though.

Rookie Trevor Reilly made a couple of nice contributions. He twice came unblocked up the middle on a stunt to pressure the quarterback and although he had two missed tackles, one of these came as he shed his blocker and then slowed the runner up enough for someone else to finish up. He looked at home out there.

Fellow rookie IK Enemkpali flashed right at the end with a strip sack on an outside rush. He was only in for five snaps.

Tim Fugger didn't get into the game.

Inside Linebackers

Harris looked sharp too, adding to his sack with a handful of run stuffs and a good stop on a short pass. He did start last year looking particularly good as well, of course, so it remains to be seen how long he can sustain it. He was badly exposed on one pass play where TJ Hilton burned him on a crosser, but that might not have been his fault. Let's break down the first coverage mix-up of the season:

Here we see Antonio Allen matched up with Hilton in the slot. Harris is looking into the backfield, suggesting his primary responsibility is to spy the back.

Allen very demonstrably passes the receiver off to Harris at this moment. Harris is caught a bit flat-footed as his momentum is going forwards. Allen obviously thinks Harris is responsible for the underneath zone.

Harris does collect Hilton, who heads for the outside as the two receivers on that side clear out. Allen drops off to the middle.

As Hilton exploits the speed mismatch, Harris is easily beaten to the outside and Luck is able to complete the throw so he can turn upfield. Something's definitely wrong here though because Allen ends up covering tight end Coby Fleener, who was already being covered. More telling is the fact that had Luck not made the throw to Hilton, Trent Richardson is leaking out for a dump-off and would have half a field's worth of daylight ahead of him. You can never tell who was at fault here and obviously it's a well designed play by the Colts. It might not be as simple as Harris getting burned though, even though that's how it looked at the time. It's possible that was Harris' responsibility and he just reacted too late, but I doubt that because you wouldn't leave him isolated against someone like Hilton (who was excellent yesterday, by the way), if you could avoid it.

Demario Davis looked sharp early, getting in on a tackle in the flat on the first play of the game. However, he was replaced pretty early by AJ Edds, which made me wonder if Davis might be hurt. Apparently not, so perhaps this is just a sign of how close Edds is to cracking the gameday rotation.

Edds led the team in tackles, many of them close to the line of scrimmage and recovered the late fumble. He's definitely turning some heads. The only negative was that he gave up a short catch and his only pressure came as he was unblocked.

Jeremiah George surprisingly got into the game ahead of Nick Bellore, but looked a little out of his depth. It reminded me of when the Jets used Marcus Dowtin at inside linebacker two years ago. Of course Dowtin did improve and got to play at the NFL level, so all is not lost for George. However, he was beaten for a touchdown, driven back on a first down run and missed a tackle in the backfield. It was interesting that they gave him seven snaps with the second unit but then he didn't play in the second half. Clearly that wanted a look at him at that level.

When Bellore did get in, things improved, although he did miss a couple of tackles early on. He helped blow up a short yardage run, made a solid open field tackle, did well in coverage and drew a hold on a pass rush. He also took out a lead blocker on one running play, something we haven't seen much of since Bart Scott's departure.

Steele Divitto did not see any time on defense.

Part four will cover the secondary and special teams. This will be posted later today.

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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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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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 (William Hauser)
(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)
(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:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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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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(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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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

Click below to listen

 

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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:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Chris Harper, Christian Hackenberg, Juston Burris, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Noah K. Murray)

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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