As it stands, a few things are certain. Or are they?
Among the certainties is that the starting quarterback is uncertain. Pennington has to have a leg-up on Clemens, being the training camp interception tally. (Clemens has 8, Pennington just 2). One thing to take from this QB situation is that Mangini will decide when he’s ready. At the rate it’s going, we should know who the starter for Miami will be this September sometime in October. I joked in the press room during Saturday’s Green-White scrimmage that if one of them went down with an broken ankle, Mangini would still probably keep is cards abreast.
Another certainty is that the TE position is stacked, but as it stands, there are uncertainties as well. Bubba Franks-as experienced of a veteran as he is-has not impressed me in training camp thus far. Last week he had a case of the drops, and he’s looked sluggish. Chris Baker is back on the field and I gotta say, he looks a lot better in pads than he did with a baggy gym shirt and shorts and a visor. Dustin Keller has been having a stellar camp, but he’s yet to play a down of NFL ball. I’m optimistic, but I’m just saying…
The offensive line should be much improved, with additions such as Alan Faneca and Damien Woody. And with veteran FB Tony Richardson to lead the way for Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, the running game should definitely be solid this season.
Regarding the running game though, one thing I’m uncertain about is the plethora of running backs on the current roster. In addition to Washington and Jones, there’s Jesse Chatman-undisclosed injury-Musa Smith, who was signed this off-season; Jehuu Caulcrick, a rookie out of Michigan State; and Rodney Kinlaw, who was signed out of Penn State this past weekend. That’s an abundance of running backs, and I’d like to know the Jets’ plan for all of them.
For now, I’m just biding my time before the Cleveland game this Thursday.