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.