The New York Jets open their preseason on Saturday August 12 against the Titans at MetLife Stadium. Here is the latest going on at training camp.
Josh McCown to Start in Preseason Opener
Josh McCown will get the start in the New York Jets preseason opener on Saturday, but Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty will see the majority of the playing time.
Some have complained that Hackenberg and Petty have not gotten a fair chance at practice yet, but Bowles is still open to any of the three starting in the season opener at Buffalo.
Hackenberg’s Consistency Has Been an Issue
Despite leading the first team for the last three practices, 2016 second round pick Christian Hackenberg has produced very inconsistent results. Yesterday he completed 12 of 20 passes in the first practice that Josh McCown did not get the most reps.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Hackenberg has shown flashes of brilliance, like floating TD passes over a LB and connecting on a fade pattern with new number one WR Robby Anderson. However he has also struggled with throwing INT.
Head coach Todd Bowles has defended his young QB while also praising his defense that has seen Hackenberg throw 2 INT in each of the last two days.
“It’s practice. The defense has to get turnovers. I would be concerned if they weren’t,” Bowles said.
Bowles has noticed that Hackenberg is improving in other areas. “He gets the huddle call out. … I have to look at the tape, see how he did. His command of the huddle is a lot better.”
Jets Looking to Juston Burris to Step Up
When the Jets drafted Juston Burris in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, they intended on having him learn from the best in Darrelle Revis. Despite an awful season from Revis in 2016 where his played dropped dramatically, he had an impact on Burris who looked at Revis as a mentor.
In an article with the New York Post, Burris speaks candidly about Revis.
“He was a great mentor to have,” Burris said Wednesday after practice.
“Every day he was telling me something — how I should be watching film, how I should be playing press [coverage], playing this route. Little small things, here and there, he would help me out with,” Burris said. “Some guys come into the league and they don’t have a veteran presence, a guy to look up to. I had a guy who’s been in the league 10 years, who’s played to the level that I want to play at, who’s been to where I want to be — he’s been a Super Bowl champion, been to the Pro Bowl, he’s been an All-Pro.
“That’s where I want to be. To have somebody like that in your corner, to have somebody like that to look up to, it’s great to have.”
Robby Anderson Steps Up
Now stapled as the team’s number one WR, Robby Anderson has started to take on that role with confidence. He has impressed a number of coaches and players with his practices since Quincy Enunwa’s season-ending injury.
In an article from NJ.com, Anderson understands his new role.
“I feel like I have more understanding for the game [this year],” Anderson said after practice. “I have experience under my belt. Last year, I was kind of running around. Things have slowed down a lot, and I have a better understanding of the speed of the game, flow of the game.”
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