Jets QB Chad Pennington is looking forward to running the team's offense against the Vikings on Friday (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Chad Pennington two-a-day experiment began with mixed results this morning. For the first time during training camp, Pennington will throw in both sessions.
Pennington continues to be sharp with his short passes between 5-15 yards but struggled on his long attempts.
His first play during 11-on-11 drills was a 20-yard pass over the middle intended for TE Chris Baker. Pennington floated it in the air right into the hands of S Rashad Washington for an interception.
Two plays later, Pennington’s pass intended for WR Wayne Chrebet went off the back of Chrebet with rookie CB Justin Miller covering.
One player who Pennington had no trouble connecting with was WR Justin McCareins, who was a favorite target of Pennington all morning long. McCareins caught a 30-yard pass, beating out CB David Barrett and S Oliver Celestin. Later during 7-on-7 drills, McCareins made a 25-yard reception with Barrett and Coleman covering. Pennington and McCareins hooked up for the third time for a 20 yard catch, this time with CB Derrick Strait on the coverage. With CB Ty Law still working his way back into game shape and with Miller apparently hitting a “rookie wall,” Strait took reps with the first team defense.
“He looked sharp,” McCareins said of Pennington. “He’s ready to go.”
Pennington again was unsuccessful trying to find Chrebet, throwing into triple coverage with Celestin, Strait, and Coleman covering.
While Barrett was beat by McCareins a couple of times, it was Barrett and the defense winning the battle during 7-on-7 red zone drills at the end of practice. Barrett broke up a pass from Pennington intended for WR Laverneus Coles in the end zone.
Coleman made an interception in the back of the end zone after Pennington made an ill advised throw with no receivers open.
Pennington came back after those two mishaps to complete four straight passes to end his morning session.
“He’s progressing nicely,” Edwards said. “He’s hard on himself. He’s working on his footwork more than reading defenses. He has a lot of things on his mind.”
-After struggling in Friday’s preseason game against the Lions, WR Chas Gessner knows he has to impress the rest of camp if he wants to make the team. Gessner caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jay Fiedler during 7-on-7 drills this morning.
-WR Carl Kearney had one of the nicest plays of practice, showing great concentration after tipping a ball into the air and then catching it. Kearney was in camp last summer with the Jets and had three different stints on the Jets practice squad.
-WR Harry Williams, Jr. held his own against CB David Barrett during full team drills, making a 15-yard reception on a pass from QB Brooks Bollinger.
-K Mike Nugent was 4-4 on field goals from 43 yards with Ben Graham holding. K Xavier Bettia was 3-3 on field goals from 45 yards with Micah Knorr holding.
-During kickoff return drills, Miller was able to follow the blocking of Derrick Blaylock to get free.
-CB Ty Law continues to work on getting back into shape and Edwards said he will not play on Friday. The plan for Law is to have him participating in 7-on-7 drills by the end of this week.
-Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson again made his squad run to one of the sidelines and back to the huddle after most plays during practice. The defensive coordinator ran with his players and after one of the runs, Edwards shouted, “How’s that feel Donnie.”
X-rays taken on FB Jerald Sowell’s sore ribs were negative and Edwards said he day-to-day. With Sowell limited in practice this morning, FB B.J. Askew took the majority of reps as the starting fullback. WR Jonathan Carter continues to sit out with a strained hamstring. Starting RG Brandon Moore has a hamstring injury and “probably won’t play” on Friday. Back-up G/C Jonathan Goodwin took first team reps in Moore’s place. LB Darrell McClover will have surgery on his broken ankle today and the Jets will know how long he will be out after the surgery.
-FB Jerald Sowell (ribs): Day-to-Day
-WR Jonathan Carter (hamstring): Day-to-Day
-G Brandon Moore (hamstring): Day-to-Day
-Ty Law (foot): Day-to-Day
The Jets take the field for a practice at 3:30 p.m. today. Pennington is expected to address the media following the afternoon session. As always Jets Insider.com will be there to cover all the training camp news.