Jets top Ti­tans in pre­sea­son opener

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NFL -

NFL PRE­SEA­SON JETS 7, TI­TANS 3

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota played his first game since break­ing his right leg late last sea­son in a 7-3 loss to the Jets in the pre­sea­son opener for both teams on Sat­ur­day night.

Mar­i­ota, who threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touch­downs in 2016 be­fore his in­jury on Dec. 24 against Jack­sonville, played two se­ries in the first quar­ter.

On his first at­tempt, he scram­bled to his right and com­pleted a 15-yard pass to Rishard Matthews. He fin­ished 2 of 3 for 15 yards.

Un­like the Ti­tans, the Jets' quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion is more mud­dled. Well-trav­eled veteran Josh McCown got the start for New York. He was 3 of 4 for 72 yards and a touch­down in his one se­ries, which was enough for the win be­cause the Jets de­fense had eight sacks and was dom­i­nant through­out.

Chris­tian Hack­en­berg, a sec­ond-round pick in 2016, took over for McCown and played un­til late in the third quar­ter. Hack­en­berg was 18 of 25 for 127 yards.

Bryce Petty, a fourth-round pick in 2015, fin­ished up and was 2 of 6 for 16 yards.

Robby An­der­son, an un­drafted free agent who was try­ing to make the team a year ago, is the Jets' No. 1 re­ceiver af­ter Quincy Enunwa was lost for the sea­son to a neck in­jury. He had three re­cep­tions for 71 yards.

An­der­son made a nice 53-yard catch on the open­ing drive, which ended with McCown's 4-yard TD pass Charone Peake.

Ti­tans rookie re­ceiver Tay­wan Tay­lor made a leap­ing a 42-yard catch in the third quar­ter. The drive ended with Ryan Suc­cop's 36-yard field goal.

Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry, the 2015 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, had eight car­ries for 29 yards.

Alex Tan­ney re­placed Mar­i­ota and was sacked by line­backer Ju­lian Stan­ford on his first play and briefly left the game. He re­turned for the next se­ries. Tan­ney was 10 of 26 for 128 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and lost a fum­ble on a sack.

For­mer Jets wide re­ceiver Eric Decker had no catches in his re­turn to the Mead­ow­lands. Decker was signed by the Ti­tans in June af­ter he was cut by the Jets in their salary purge.

AP/JULIO CORTEZ

Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota (8) faces pres­sure from Jets de­fen­sive end Muham­mad Wilk­er­son on Sat­ur­day dur­ing a pre­sea­son game in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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