The Jets practiced one more time today before leaving for Washington to play the Redskins on Saturday night in the team’s second preseason games. The Jets are hoping to have a better game on all sides of the football after getting destroyed in Tampa Bay on Friday. In a surprising turn of events, the team only practiced for two hours today unlike the usual two and a half hours that has become regular under head coach Eric Mangini.
Missing from practice was star quarterback Chad Pennington, who missed today with what was said to be a family-related illness, but there was good news as S Erik Coleman returned to the practice field after missing almost all of training camp.
Details of Pennington’s family problems were not disclosed and Mangini was not even sure the QB would be with the team on Saturday in DC. Obviously we will report any follow up news regarding this as we get it.
“I want Chad to make sure he is able to focus on his family and take care of things he needs to take care of,” said Mangini. “I think that’s really important and I’ll be talking to him quite a bit. That is where his focus should be right now.”
Coleman said he “felt good” after the practice and was happy to be out their with his teammates again. “It hurt me to watch them on the field… and I’m just trying now to work my way in athletically and mentally,” were Coleman’s responses to sitting on the sidelines and getting adjusted to being back out there on the field.
While Coleman won’t officially state what his illness was, it has been reported that it was an appendectomy. Coleman noted that Mangini told him he wasn’t allowed to say what the illness was to the media, “I can’t confirm the illness… I’m just trying to follow the rules.” Coleman did say that he thought it was “okay” to be hit near his alleged injury and that he feels sore now, but is ready to “help the team out.”
QB Patrick Ramsey was the other star of practice today with Pennington being absent; all eyes were on the former Redskin to see how he has come along over the first couple of weeks of practice. This will be the first time Ramsey will face his old team since his trade to the Jets back on March 17th for a sixth round draft pick.
Ramsey looked exceptional at times working with the first team, throwing a touchdown pass to WR/KR Tim Dwight early in the practice and later hitting WR Justin McCareins for a 40-yard completion down the middle of the field. He was though unable to help the team score in a situational drill near the end of practice. The team was down by eight and starting on the opposition’s 40-yard line. Neither Ramsey nor Kellen Clemens could drive the team into the end zone.
Ramsey did not admit to being extra excited to play against his old team, “I’m excited to play not necessarily because it’s against Washington.” Ramsey is just hoping to “go out there and play well” and he said he has been feeling better the last week or so and hopes it will apply to his game play on Saturday. Ramsey also noted that his relationship with Redskin’s head coach Joe Gibbs was and still is “fine.”
-Yesterday before practice, QBs Kellen Clemens and Patrick Ramsey were told by head coach Mangini to work on their exchanges with the centers. Clemens and Ramsey were out practicing in full pads half an hour before the team was due to practice. Mangini had told the rest of the team though, that they did not have to dress in full pads for the practice, only the two quarterbacks were told to do so. As it turned out, the team found out about Clemens and Ramsey and decided as a unit to put on the full pads for the practice.
-Also, today after practice, the team was given the opportunity to skip tonight’s scheduled meeting as long as one player could hit a field goal. One player from the offense and defense were chosen to kick the field goal. QB Kellen Clemens and S Kerry Rhodes each missed their opportunity, (Clemens missed both tries but was close in his first try, which hit the post and bounced to the ground). The team asked Mangini for one more try and Mangini told K Mike Nugent that if he made a 50-yard field goal the meeting would be canceled and Nugent came through for his team.
-Former NFL coach George Hill was at camp talking to Mangini and giving him some advice in coaching.
-S Erik Coleman also admitted in his interview to feeling the pain of his injury during the first practice back on July 28th.
-QB Chad Pennington (family illness): day to day
-G Isaac Snell (leg): day to day
-CB/KR Drew Coleman (knee): day to day
-WR Dante Ridgeway (leg): day to day
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): on PUP list
-C Trey Teague (ankle): on PUP list
-DT Sione Pouha (knee): IR Out for Season
-TE Jason Pociask (shoulder): IR Out for Season
Friday is a travel day for the team as they head to Washington for their matchup against the Redskins on Saturday. Be sure to check back to JI for a full game preview and all of the latest NY Jets news!