Opening Statement…

Guys who will not practice: Stephen Hill, illness (and) LaRon Landry, heel. Guys who will be limited: Joe McKnight, (ankle), Bart Scott, toe, Sione Po’uha, low back and ankle (and) Bilal Powell, concussion. All of these players will be full: Kenrick Ellis, knee, Brandon Moore, hip, Nick Mangold, ankle (and) thumb, Eric Smith, knee, Mark Sanchez, low back, Matt Slauson, knee, Calvin Pace, shoulder, Mike DeVito, finger, Clyde Gates, shoulder, Damon Harrison, thumb, Jeff Cumberland, wrist, Tim Tebow, ribs and Jeremy Kerley, heel. Yesterday’s practice was really good. This is a defense with the Rams that gives you a lot of multiple fronts, multiple coverages (and) blitzes, so it’s a lot of work and preparation for our offense. The interesting thing with their offense is, I’m looking forward to seeing the cat-and-mouse between Schotty (Coach Schottenheimer) and our defense because we do know each other so well.

Having spent three years with each other, we would do breakdowns on how we would attack a defense and (our) defense and offense. That’s what I think is going to be really interesting. Obviously, this is a team that has a lot of talent. They have some young pass rushers in Chris Long and the (Robert) Quinn kid (who) is a tremendous pass rusher. I think he has eight-and-a-half sacks already. Then they have those two big dudes in the middle with Kendall Langford and (Michael) Brockers from LSU, the first-round pick. (They also have) the tackling machine (James) Laurinaitis back there at middle linebacker. The guy that I really like is Cortland Finnegan. I think he’s a physical player (and) an outstanding nickel back. When he’s in the slot, he plays that nickel back position. Really, he’s a guy that combines man-cover skills (with others). He can blitz. He can tackle (and he is) really a physical-type player. He’s a guy that I’ve always admired. On offense, obviously, it starts with their quarterback Sam Bradford, (who is) a really talented guy who can make all the throws. You look at all three levels (and) they have a big-time playmaker. Steven Jackson, before I did the preparation I was hoping he was slowing down. I don’t know if that’s the case or not. I know one thing, he’s as big as he ever was, strong, determined and he still has speed. (He is) a guy that really has all the skills. (He) can obviously run the ball inside and outside, can catch the ball and also is a good pass protector. Then you have the (Danny) Amendola guy, however you say his name (joking), you (think), ‘Oh, here we go.’ He kind of looks like Wes Welker, but his game is a lot like (his too). He also makes a lot of vertical plays as well. Those are three big weapons and obviously it’s a talented group. Having Jeff Fisher, I remember all these guys. You have Jeff Fisher over there. You have Chuck Cecil over there, who played with us in Arizona, obviously Brian Schottenheimer and some other guys. It’s going to be interesting to say the least and I’m looking forward to it.

On Stephen Hill’s illness…

When (they have) an illness, generally guys will play, unless you really get an illness the night before a game or two nights before. Generally, it doesn’t take five days to play, so I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to play.

On if he still has the break downs he did with Coach Schottenheimer…

As far he knows, we threw everything out (joking). No, we kept them all and I’m sure he did as well. What you’re trying to do (is) you let him see how you would break (his offense) down and how you might attack it and vice versa. It was always a thing that I thought was very good. It’s also a look at tendencies (and) how you’re doing tendency-wise, you’re running this and all those things that you pick up. The other thing is we’ve had a lot of conversations with each other through the years that (you tell each other) I really like what you’re doing here. You kind of wish you held that back, but you have to be prepared for it and obviously, he shared some things as well. That’s why I say it’s going to be an interesting cat-and-mouse game.

On the Jets pass rush…

He’s a multiple protection guy. Brian runs multiple protections anyway, so it’s not like you’re going to just get one protection. (Also), it’s not like we run one blitz. For each protection, there’s probably a better blitz. That’s kind of where that cat-and-mouse comes in. You mentioned the 16 sacks, most sacks occur in the fourth quarter and most sacks occur when you’re ahead. Most times, there’s some team that will be struggling like us that will have a lot of sacks, but their scheme is straight up the field, but we’re really not that way. Again, if you went back and looked at when we have gotten the sacks, it will probably be a common theme that if we can get ahead of somebody and make the quarterback hold the football, we’ll probably have more opportunities at rushing the passer and sacking the quarterback.

On his recollections of Coach Schottenheimer not returning last year…

I don’t even want to go down that road because there are several things that went into it. It was this person’s decision, or (another) person’s decision, all that type of stuff. I’d rather not revisit it. We won a lot of football games together and we had three years of (working well together). I really admire and respect Brian. I thought he had a great work ethic (and) really was a student of the game. I think he’s going to end up an excellent head coach (some day) and when you look at the bloodlines, I don’t think there’s any doubt he will follow in his dad’s (Coach Marty Schottenheimer) footsteps. He’s a young guy. I’m sure he’s going to be a head coach soon and be a head coach for a long time.

On the familiarity between him and Coach Schottenheimer…

Sometimes you have to play the game a little bit. What hasn’t he showed? I know Schotty, he’s going to look back at (certain things), so you kind of anticipate that as well. It’s not that you’re chasing ghosts, but I think that (when) you know each other so well. Schotty knows me (and) he knows (Coach) Pettine, so he’s probably anticipating certain things from us and we’re anticipating certain things from him.

On if the Jets offense is better than it was last year…

When you look at it, every year is different and sometimes the parts are different. I think the mark of a good coach is to maximize the talent that you have around you. I think, without question, you do that. I don’t think you (should) ever compare this offense to last year’s (or) the year before. I don’t think it’s really relative, just like comparing this defense to our first year when we got here, Baltimore’s (defense) or anybody else’s. This year is different.

On Shonn Greene’s comments…

I’m going to let Shonn handle that. I’ll let him handle that today. I’m not going to go into that. For me, I’m just going to focus on this opponent and that’s it. (I will) let him handle it.

On hiring Coach Sparano…

Without question, I believe this is an outstanding football coach. He’s been a head coach. Going up against him, I knew what we would get, the kind of mentality he has and we have it. He’s a guy that really understands the game, is passionate and is a tireless worker. He’s also a guy that I lean on a bit (with) having a former head coaching background. He’s been a huge help. I knew he would be and I knew he was a guy that I really wanted.

On one of the three phases carrying the team…

As a team, each side sometimes will be called on to pick the other side up. There’s no doubt, in my past, sometimes the defense has almost had to carry the team, there are some times where the offense has to and there are some times when the special teams has to carry the day. Right now, we’re 3-6, so we just have to tighten that thing up. I believe our defense will get better. I believe our offense will as well and I don’t think we’ll have the inconsistences that we’ve had on special teams either. We have to play that way. All three phases have to get better for us to win, but to think one side for every single game has to carry the day, I don’t think that’s the winning formula. It might be for a game that one side has to be the one that really picks it up. Maybe the challenge for the other side is facing that week, that side has to be particularly playing well. I don’t think it’s fair to saddle that on either side of the ball.

On why he is happy with Coach Sparano…

I’m happy with the job he’s done. I’m not happy with our results, but to say I’m going to pin that on (Coach) Tony (Sparano), there’s no way. I see how he works. Sometimes it’s a combination of everything. I look at myself first, how I can get better (and) how we can get better. I know he attacks it as much as anybody I’ve been around and he wants to get better. There’s a burning desire (to get better). Sometimes, we’ll have what looks like is going to be a big play and the execution is just a little bit off. Sometimes there are a lot of things that factor into that. Again, the season’s not over. I think we will get better. I think we are getting better. I know we never scored against Seattle, and we certainly had some opportunities, but that wasn’t the case, and that’s disappointing. I see us getting better, whether it’s not as big of a leap as we would like and showing on the scoreboard and things like that, that’s probably true, but I definitely see us getting better.

On where he sees improvement even though the results don’t show it…

Well again, we turned the ball over a couple of times when we were in scoring position. We’ve had some different things happen, but I do (think we’re getting better). I see us running the football better. I see our protections and I see our offensive line get better. Now the protections weren’t great. Obviously, there were some situations where we might have had this player out (of position) or this player out (of position), miss a protection and that’s obviously unfortunate. Those things happen. Again, it’s not acceptable. You have to find a way to get better and regardless of the circumstance, we have to do that. I know our offense is getting better. I know our defense is getting better. The defense gives up 360 yards but if anybody saw that game, they would know our defense is getting better. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

On how Coach Sparano attacks the challenges on offense…

First off, there are some things you’re definitely going to stay the course on and that’s definitely just belief. That’s getting better at fundamentals and technique and all that type of stuff. It’s pushing guys that way. I definitely see that. Just trying to put our guys in a position where they can be successful and I can see him doing that. This past week, it might not have generated a lot of things, but he’s like alright we’re going to start throwing the ball more with Tim in the Wildcat. He’s doing different things that he thinks will help. Sometimes it doesn’t show up necessarily, but believe me, there were plenty of plays out there. I’m not a guy that says it, but believe me, there were plenty of plays out there. Unfortunately, maybe it’s a poor decision, the execution is just off a little bit and obviously, the result was not what we wanted.

On if he has concerns about players being critical of each other…

Again, a lot of those things we did talk about yesterday. Anytime something in the newspaper is said, sure you’re going to be like, “Oh man,” but at the same time, he knows for maybe one comment here, there are 50 positive comments about him. Whether you choose to write them or anybody else, that’s on you. I know the way this football team is and I know the culture of this team, as you want to refer to it, is a heck of a lot more positive than it is negative. There might be negative people outside of these walls and this organization. We’re not perfect. Now the one thing we are is we’re honest. I think when you see, we don’t put muzzles on our guys or anything. Maybe it’s easy to say well that’s what you should do, well fine. To me, I’ve never been a person like that. I believe that guys have the right, covered by whatever amendment that is, I’m just kidding, (laughter) but seriously I know this team is close. Whether people choose to write about it or talk about it, that’s up to them. Are we perfect? We’re never going to be perfect, today, tomorrow, the next day or 20 years from now.

On if he is confident the focus is where it needs to be in the locker room…

Absolutely. Nobody wants to win more than we do, (more than) this football team. This week, we’re obviously disappointed with how things are going right now, how the season is going, but we can’t fix what’s behind us. We can only fix what’s in front of us, and we plan on doing that this week against a good football team.

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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)

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:

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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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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(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:

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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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