The Jets showed reasons for hope on Sunday, but could not deliver a win.
The offensive line struggled to protect rookie Zach Wilson, who was sacked six times, and the defense gave up enough big plays for the Panthers to hand the Jets a 19-14 loss at Bank of America Stadium.
The Jets start the season off 0-1 for the third straight time. It was not the debut that new coach Robert Saleh or Wilson hoped for.
But there were some good signs.
Wilson showed arm strength and elusiveness as he was running for his life for most of the game. Wilson completed 20 of 37 for 258 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.