Christian Hackenberg: Hackenberg struggles in preseason debut

Christian Hackenberg: Hackenberg struggles in preseason debut

The starters haven't exactly lit things up through two preseason games, with Fitzpatrick going 7 of 13 for 107 yards with no TDs or interceptions in limited action. The Jets are going to rest the majority of their starters in their final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Which forced the defense to switch their assignments, leaving wide receiver Eric Decker open for the back shoulder touchdown grab.

Manning was 10 of 15 for 65 yards and an interception while playing one series into the third quarter.

FLORHAM PARK- It's hard to find a better way to describe it: Ryan Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass to Eric Decker was attractive.

Close but no Cigar: Fitzpatrick lofted a deep ball down the right sideline to pre-season sensation Robbie Anderson. Giants $52-million cornerback Janoris Jenkins had textbook coverage.

Current back-up Geno Smith was up next, but trying to rate his brief outing isn't easy. He has completed just 55.2 percent of his passes and thrown for only 183 total yards. It was mostly check-downs and short stuff for Smith on this night. Smith will likely be Fitzpatrick's backup and the number one choice coming off the bench. Smith showed awareness in flipping the ball out-of-bounds while outside the tackle box to avoid a loss of yards.

Carter got to Brad Wing just before Miles to block the punt.

Smith has been so bad through the first half of the exhibition slate, in fact, that the second-string spot has become an open competition, with Bryce Petty making a pretty convincing case for it. Some very good, some not so good.

There are no printable words to describe how ineffective the Giants' first string offense was on Saturday night against the Jets. He got into the backfield easily and disrupted the Giants offense. It was a good display of awareness, mobility, focus and accuracy. Two plays later, the Giants scored the go-ahead touchdown, an 11-yard pass from Ryan Nassib to Tavarres King.

Jets Quarterback Bryce Petty failed to build on a strong week 2 performance.

And then, he saw Fitzpatrick throw. It's one of those plays you wish you could have back.

In the fourth quarter, rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg finally made his debut, which included a touchdown and an interception - a microcosm of this mixed-bag night for the Jets. After Antone Smith's 1-yard run, Hackenberg threw a 27-yard pass to rookie Robby Anderson. That set up a gift touchdown for the Giants, who won 21-20.

Encouraging Sign II: Let's face it, nobody knew if Hackenberg would see any reps at all in this game and his work in practice has been so limited that it would have been hard to complain if he'd completely laid an egg. In stepped Hackenberg, who the Jets selected with their second-round pick during the 2016 NFL Draft. The Jets' annual visit to Gillette Stadium and the Patriots comes in Week 16 before they conclude their season with the Bills in Week 17.

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