Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets

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Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,562

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Marcus Mariota got out on the field, ran a handful of plays and then watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

It was a nice, simple night for the franchise quarterback.

Mariota played in his first game since breaking his right leg late last season, easily the most important development for the Tennessee Titans in their 7-3 loss to the New York Jets on Saturday in the exhibition opener for each team.

"I enjoyed the moment," he said. "You kind of create those moments when you're going through the rehab process. You keep telling yourself `This is what you're working for' and that's the way I approached it."

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

"The recovery process was a long one," Mariota said. "To be able to be out there today with the guys, I enjoyed it."

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.

"Instincts kind of took over," he said. "It felt good to get out of the pocket and make a play."

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.

"He has some things to build off," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Hackenberg. "He has some positives that we can look at and he can build from. He's got some negatives that we've got to correct. That's to be expected in the first game."

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 .

"It felt great to get in there with the guys," McCown said. "The O-line was excellent. Robby made a heckuva play. And we finished it off. Peake made a great catch."

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.

N.Y. SACK EXCHANGE

Devon Still, Anthony Johnson, Josh Martin, Jordan Jenkins, Bruce Carter, Leonard Williams, Patrick Gamble and Stanford had sacks for the Jets. Martin also had a fumble recovery.

GETTING A LEG UP

Chandler Catanzaro and Ross Martin are competing for the Jets' kicking job. Catanzaro made a PAT, but was wide left on a 55-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.

QUOTEABLE

"Well, that was not the way we wanted to start the preseason, obviously," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "But there were some good things defensively. Not offensively, even though we still had opportunities to win the game at the end."

OUT OF THE LINEUP

Titans: Running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring), wide receivers Corey Davis (hamstring) and Mekale McKay, cornerback Demontre Hurst, defensive lineman Karl Klug (ankle) all sat out.

Jets: Running backs Matt Forte (hamstring), Bilal Powell (neck) and linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin did not play.

UP NEXT

Titans: Host Carolina on Saturday.

Jets: At Detroit on Saturday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Jets
11:08 Charone Peake 4 yd pass from Josh McCown (Chandler Catanzaro kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Jets
No scoring this quarter.

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Jets
09:23 Ryan Succop 36 yd FG 3 7

Team Stats
  Tennessee New York
1st Downs 11 13
Total Yards 223 251
Passing 87 195
Passing Completions/Attempts 14-31 23-35
Yards/Pass 2.2 5.3
Rushing 136 56
Rushing Attempts 21 31
Yards/Rush 6.5 1.8
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 28:15 31:45

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Alex Tanney 11 27 132 4.9 0 1
Marcus Mariota 2 3 15 5.0 0 0
Tyler Ferguson 1 1 4 4.0 0 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Christian Hackenberg 18 25 127 5.1 0 0
Josh McCown 3 4 72 18.0 1 0
Bryce Petty 2 6 16 2.7 0 0

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Akeem Judd 5 53 10.6 0 40
Derrick Henry 8 29 3.6 0 9
Alex Tanney 2 28 14.0 0 15
Taywan Taylor 1 9 9.0 0 9
David Fluellen 3 8 2.7 0 8
Marcus Mariota 1 6 6.0 0 6
Khalfani Muhammad 1 3 3.0 0 3

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Romar Morris 12 20 1.7 0 6
Jordan Todman 8 20 2.5 0 6
Bryce Petty 2 8 4.0 0 10
Elijah McGuire 6 7 1.2 0 4
Christian Hackenberg 3 1 0.3 0 1

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Taywan Taylor 4 56 14.0 0 42
Harry Douglas 3 49 16.3 0 19
Rishard Matthews 1 15 15.0 0 15
Jonathan Krause 1 14 14.0 0 14
Khalfani Muhammad 2 11 5.5 0 7
Akeem Judd 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jace Amaro 1 2 2.0 0 2
Derrick Henry 1 0 0.0 0 0

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robby Anderson 3 71 23.7 0 53
Chris Harper 2 21 10.5 0 14
Marquess Wilson 3 20 6.7 0 14
Jalin Marshall 1 15 15.0 0 15
Frankie Hammond Jr. 2 12 6.0 0 7
Jason Vander Laan 1 12 12.0 0 12
Anthony Firkser 1 11 11.0 0 11
Myles White 1 10 10.0 0 10
Chad Hansen 1 10 10.0 0 10
Jordan Leggett 1 8 8.0 0 8
ArDarius Stewart 1 8 8.0 0 8
Romar Morris 3 7 2.3 0 9
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 1 7 7.0 0 7
Charone Peake 1 4 4.0 1 4
Elijah McGuire 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Aaron Wallace 4 1 0.5 4
Jayon Brown 4 0 0 0
Kevin Byard 4 0 0 0
Kalan Reed 4 2 0 0
Tye Smith 4 0 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 3 0 0 0
Logan Ryan 3 0 0 0
Denzel Johnson 2 0 0 0
Brynden Trawick 1 0 1 11
Daren Bates 1 1 0 0
Angelo Blackson 1 0 0 0
Jeremy Boykins 1 0 0 0
DeAngelo Brown 1 0 0 0
Josh Carraway 1 0 0 0
Jurrell Casey 1 0 0 0
Kevin Dodd 1 0 0 0
DaQuan Jones 1 1 0 0
Nate Palmer 1 1 0 0
C.J. Robbins Jr. 1 1 0 0
Da'Norris Searcy 1 1 0 0
LeShaun Sims 1 0 0 0
D'Joun Smith 1 0 0 0
Wesley Woodyard 1 0 0 0
Mehdi Abdesmad 0 2 0.5 4
Beau Brinkley 0 0 0 0
Kourtnei Brown 0 1 0 0
Austin Johnson 0 1 0 0
Corey Levin 0 0 0 0
KeVonn Mabon 0 0 0 0
Tyler Marz 0 0 0 0
Tre McBride 0 0 0 0
Brice McCain 0 0 0 0
Curtis Riley 0 2 0 0
Justin Staples 0 2 0 0
Jimmy Staten 0 1 0 0
Phillip Supernaw 0 0 0 0
Taywan Taylor 0 0 0 0
Erik Walden 0 1 0 0
Eric Weems 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darryl Roberts 3 0 0 0
Buster Skrine 3 0 0 0
Marcus Williams 3 1 0 0
Devon Still 2 0 1 10
Jordan Jenkins 2 0 1 8
Julian Stanford 2 0 1 6
Juston Burris 2 0 0 0
Connor Harris 2 1 0 0
Spencer Paysinger 2 1 0 0
Anthony Johnson 1 0 1 14
Josh Martin 1 2 1 9
Leonard Williams 1 0 1 7
Bruce Carter 1 1 1 5
Patrick Gamble 1 0 1 5
Freddie Bishop III 1 0 0 0
Demario Davis 1 0 0 0
Darron Lee 1 1 0 0
Corey Lemonier 1 0 0 0
Ronald Martin 1 0 0 0
Doug Middleton 1 1 0 0
Claude Pelon 1 2 0 0
David Rivers III 1 0 0 0
Deon Simon 1 1 0 0
Dakota Dozier 0 0 0 0
Marcus Maye 0 1 0 0
Dexter McDougle 0 0 0 0
Charone Peake 0 0 0 0

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Ronald Martin 1 15 0

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Frankie Hammond Jr. 1 38 38.0 0 38
Lucky Whitehead 1 23 23.0 0 23

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Eric Weems 4 15 3.8 0 7
Adoree' Jackson 2 6 3.0 0 7

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Frankie Hammond Jr. 3 19 6.3 0 12
Lucky Whitehead 2 10 5.0 0 7

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Succop 1 1 100.0 36

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chandler Catanzaro 0 1 0.0

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brett Kern 8 361 57
Jordan Gay 2 68 37

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 10 419 55