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Bowles Doesn't Expect Hackenberg to Be Roger Staubach

Powell Won’t Suit Up, Williams Loves the Attitude and Mindset


All three quarterbacks will play Saturday night, but Jets head coach Todd Bowles didn't say who will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.

"If we want to run the ball more, we can hand it off to Josh (McCown) or if we want to do some passes, we'll go from there," he said. "So, those types of things and what type of game plan we want to run will determine who we're going to play first."

Regardless of whether he starts or not in Game 1, the Jets will get a long look at Christian Hackenberg this summer.

"He's going to play all preseason. He's going to get a lot of reps, so whether he plays good or bad, does not determine his reps for next week or after that," Bowles said.

Hackenberg, a second-round pick of the Jets in 2016, will see live action this weekend for the first time since last September's preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. His workload increased this week as he tasted some success and went through some rough patches as well.

"You want to see increments getting better. I don't expect him to go out there and be Roger Staubach," Bowles said, referring to the former Cowboys QB who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. "I mean if he is, so be it, but we're trying to get him better. He's 22-years-old. The kid has to get a chance to play and make some mistakes and grow from it and come back from adversity and make good plays. We just want to see his overall play and as the preseason goes, you want to see him progress and then see where he is."

Reiterating that this remains a three-man QB competition, Bowles says Saturday's contest is about a lot more than Hackenberg.

"I'm not really hoping for Christian to have a breakout or non-breakout game. I hope we make strides as an offense and as a team and whatever game Christian has, he has. I want him to play well," he said. "I want all of my guys to play, so we go from there. I'm not basing this game solely on Christian's star debut as a movie theatre actor."

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Powell OutVeteran RB Bilal Powell, who sustained a neck injury last week, was ruled out of Saturday's contest. It also seems extremely unlikely that Matt Forte, dealing with some hamstring tightness, would get action either. Bowles wants to see how Forté feels at Friday's walk through.

The Lion Is HungryAfter an excellent start to camp, Leonard Williams is ready to get back on the prowl.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," he said of getting a crack at the Titans' passers. "I was actually just telling all my teammates we finally get to hit a quarterback."

The 23-year-old Williams, already entering his third season, likes the mentality his teammates continue to exhibit.

"The first few weeks of camp has been great. There has been a lot of competition out here and a lot of positive attitude, positive mindsets," he said. "Everybody's been coming ready to work with a lot of belief in themselves and belief in the team. That's what I love to come out here and see. Everybody knows what they're doing and everybody's playing fast."

TezMania's Play(s) of the DayJust shells today and some of practice was instructional and not always at full speed, but veteran S Rontez Miles climbed the ladder to haul in a theft of a Bryce Petty pass. Petty did come back later with a rope to TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but let's give the nod to 'Tez. After practice, Miles showed off his versatility with an impressive backflip.

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