INSIDER THURSDAY EARLY CAMP REPORT
By Richard Forestano
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
July 31st, 2008
“I feel like I’m doing pretty good as a receiver,” Clowney said. “I still have to work on everything to get better and make this team. There’s always room for improvement but I think that I’m doing that.”
Clowney, formerly of the Green Bay Packers and alum of Virginia Tech, is looking to cement his spot on the roster and said that he sees vast differences between Titletown (Green Bay) and Hempstead.
“The practices are a little tougher,” he said. “I like what we got here and the coaches are real big on technique and knowing your assignment. Personally, I think they do a lot more coaching here in terms of the little things that will make you a better football player.”
Clowney doesn’t see a big difference in terms of who’s throwing the ball to him. In terms of catching the ball, he just wants it in the right place.
“It really doesn’t matter who’s getting me the ball because if the quarterback can get the ball to the receiver and put us in a position to win then it’s good,” Clowney said.
Clowney’s performance during the course of the off-season hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“He’s caught a lot of deep routes and shows that he has the speed to do that,” coach Eric Mangini said. “Hopefully he keeps improving over the course of time.”
On who may win the starting job.
“That’s the coach’s decision and they both (Chad and Kellen) look good and throw a good ball,” Clowney said. “I’d love to catch touchdowns from either one of them.”
The native Long Islander said he loves practicing close to home and cherishes the memories of his life on the island.
“I’m from Amityville and it’s pretty cool to be practicing here,” Clowney said. “My family can at least come here and watch me. In Green Bay they couldn’t do that.
Look for Clowney to raise some eyebrows as camp rolls on.
For the first time, practice exceeded 2 hours as Mangini kept the team on the field for an extra nine minutes.
Today’s performance by the team didn’t sit well with coach Mangini. He said that he was frustrated that in the review session, the practice didn’t serve its purpose.
“During our review period, today was more of just trying to get through practice and not practicing with purpose,” Mangini said. “That’s not acceptable. It’s going to be hot in Miami, it’s hot now. We have to get things done.”
This is the first time that Mangini has felt this way.
“This is really the first time I’ve felt this way for an extended period of time,” he said. “I know we need to be safe in the heat, but those early games in Miami are hot.”
Practice started with stop routes by the QB’s. Brett Ratliff looked the sharpest, hitting WR Chansi Stuckey, Wallace Wright and David Ball in succession. But then again there weren’t any lineman in his face.
Behind the QB’s on the west field, the OL and DL were practicing sack drills, where LB Vernon Gholston got manhandled by LG Alan Faneca. Proceeding that, LB Bryan Thomas blew up OL Nate Garner on a swim move.
“I felt I handled him well,” Faneca said. “Vernon is a pretty big guy, even for a rookie.”
QB Kellen Clemens looked sharp to being practice, hitting TE Bubba Franks on four different occasions with two crossing routes for nine yards and an out route for seven yards.
During 11 on 11 drills, Clemens and Chad Pennington split time with the ones and twos. WR David Clowney, who doesn’t seem to stop making a name for himself at Jets Camp, left his feet for a Clemens pass on an out route toward the right sideline.
“That was a good throw on his part,” Clowney said. “He put it where no one else could grab it but me.”
Bubba Franks seems to be everywhere. Franks reeled in a 12 yard post route from Pennington by his fingertips. However, if it were a game Pennington would’ve been sacked by LB David Bowens.
WR Chansi Stuckey, who’s looking to rebound from an injury in 2007, caught a crossing pattern in stride from Pennington on the next play for 11 yards.
“That’s my favorite route to run,” Stuckey said.
Stuckey showed some flashes of speed while returning kicks after 11 on 11. However, DB Justin Miller and RB Leon Washington still seem like they’ll be the one-two punch when camp breaks.
Out of the four QB’s, Pennington threw the worst pass of the day, overthrowing Stuckey on a post route.
During the second session of 11 on 11, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge both fumbled snaps, causing them to run laps.
The QB’s looked anything but spectacular during the second run through. The worst pass came from Ainge, whose potential screen was batted down by DE Kenyon Coleman at the line of scrimmage.
Even though there isn’t much hitting in training camp, but the hit of the day goes to S Kerry Rhodes. Clemens hit Stuckey on a slant route for about seven yards, and was blindsided by Rhodes.
“I just wanted to give him a little shot,” Rhodes said. “The receivers are running around thinking they’re not going to get hit so I just wanted to let him know that in the game someone will be there.”
During two-minute drills, Clemens hit WR David Clowney (yes him again) on a go route down the left sideline for 35 yards, making it the best throw of the day. The drive came away with no points.
Pennington did have a nice flag route to WR David Ball who caught it in the endzone but was knocked away by DB Rudy Burgess.
As mentuioned above, it was hot this morning. In fact it was probably the hottest morning session of camp so far as the sun was out and teperatures were in the high 80's with a lot of humidity.
New York Dragon Scouts at Jets Camp
Gavin Stathouse of the New York Dragons was at Hofstra today to scout some players to potentially pick up if they don’t make the team. “We look at all the guys who may not make it,” Stathouse said. “I like the receiving group most of all.”
As mentioned above, Clemens was the best QB of the session and threw no interceptions. Clemens previously had 6 INT's in 9 practices while Chad Pennington remained INT free for camp. Third string QB Brett Ratliff got picked on a sideline route by CB Ahmad Carroll.
St Mary’s at practice
Members and patients of St Mary’s System for Children were on hand as guests of Coach Mangini to watch practice today. “This is a great atmosphere for the kids and will be cherished forever,” President and CEO of St. Mary’s Burton Grebin said.
The team returns to the field later today for a 5:30 practice, open to the public. Tomorrow's one practice is open to media only.
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