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INSIDER FRIDAY CAMP REPORT

By Richard Forestano
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
July 25th, 2008
Top pick Vernon Gholston enters his first NY Jets practice today as a very rich man. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Top pick Vernon Gholston enters his first NY Jets practice today as a very rich man. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Day two, practice three of Jets Training Camp was greeted by sunny skies and light winds. And by recently signed first round draft pick Vernon Gholston. The Buckeye alum practiced after missing one training camp day. And he’s not complaining.

“It feels good,” Gholston said. “I look forward to getting back with the team and contribute as much as I possibly can.”

It is said that Gholston signed a five-year contract Thursday. It’s supposed to be worth up to $40 million, including at least $20 million in guarantees; one of the biggest contracts in team history.

“It’s a great time for me and I just want to contribute as much as I can,” he said.

Practice started with usual stretching, then broke off into sections of offensive/defensive line, receivers and quarterbacks. The QB’s did roll out drills with WR Laveranues Coles standing idle in the right corner of the endzone.

“It’s a drill that makes you strengthen your accuracy on the run,” QB Erik Ainge said. “It helps me especially because I like throwing on the run and hopefully it’ll make me better as a quarterback.”

Practice was more even in terms of which unit, offense or defense, looked better.

QB Kellen Clemens looked more in-tune with his throwing accuracy today, much more than the first day of camp when he seemed uneasy in the pocket.

“The ball felt better in my hand today,” he said. “It was a good day.”

Midway through practice, 7 on 7 drills commenced with Chad Pennington and Clemens each taking snaps with mixed units of first and second team players. No pass plays were ran at first.

“We always start with the run plays,” Pennington said.”

QB’s then transferred to the west field at Hofstra and did passing drills with receivers in coverage. No QB stood out, but Erik Ainge looked sharp, hitting WR Jerricho Cotchery on two crossing patterns.

The defense did run game drills where RB Danny Woodhead had a nice broken arm tackle attempt by DL Kareem Brown.

Horns sound, time for 11 on 11.

Pennington took the first snaps and was 1-2 with a nice out route completion to WR Wallace Wright.

Clemens had the best throw of that session, hitting TE Dustin Keller on an 11-yard fly in the east endzone.

Erik Ainge got in the mix, hitting Thomas Jones on a screen pass to the left sideline. After the next play, which he botched a snap, he ran a lap.

“Whenever you make an error, you run a lap,” Ainge said.

Kick return drills dominated the last half of practice with RB Leon Washington returning most of the kicks. Red zone drills followed with Pennington threading the needle on a nice pass to Keller, only to be knocked out by safety Kerry Rhodes.

Practice concluded with the two-minute offense, with the majority of the snaps going to Clemens and Pennington.

Score one point to Kellen Clemens. He looked the sharpest out of the two, and had the best throw of the day, hitting WR David Clowney on a hail mary down the right sideline.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Smith and Chatman off PUP List

RB’s Musa Smith and Jesse Chatman were taken off the PUP list and participated in practice.

“It feels good to get back out there and play,” Smith said. “I’m really excited to get things going.”

Mangini, Tannenbaum and Pennington “weigh” in on the Favre speculation.

Eric Mangini was questioned about the supposed interest of Jets brass in Brett Favre. Mangini wouldn’t divulge anything.

“With all discussions no matter what they are, those things are internal,” Mangini said. “Mike and I talk every nigh about a lot of different things, but we keep it internal.”

When asked to generally speak about the QB position and if they are thinking about adding a veteran QB, Mangini said:

“As I said I’m with the quarterbacks we have and we look at a lot of different scenarios every night.”

Mangini did not deny the report that the Jets received permission.

“We talk about a lot of different things and all those things are between Mike and I,” Mangini said. “I hope you guys can respect that; I understand that you have to ask the questions.”

After practice, Chad Pennington said that he was told GM Mike Tannenbaum that a call was made to the Jets.

Pennington said that an organization has to take a look at every player in this league.

“Our [the players] job is to make our team as best as we can make it,” he said. “I’m not worried about anything else than that.”

After practice, GM Mike Tannenbaum paid a visit to the media room to have a chat. If that’s what you want to call it.

“I did have a conversation with both Chad and Kellen this afternoon, and those conversations with players and with Eric [mangini] and other teams, will remain private,” he said.

He could’ve deflated the situation by saying that they’re not interested in Favre.

Not at all, at any time, did Tannenbaum say that the Jets are not interested in Favre.

INJURY REPORT

Rookie RB Danny Woodhead was carried off the field by RB Thomas Jones and FB Tony Richardson after being injured in pileup after a running play. It appeared to be a leg injury. He was then carted off. The team did not have comment.

The Jets go back to two-a-days tomorrow with practices at 8:45AM and 5:30PM, both open to the public. Be sure to check back to JI for complete recaps!

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