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INSIDER WEDNESDAY EARLY CAMP REPORT

By Mark Walters
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 13th, 2008
Jets QB Brett Favre spoke to the NY media for the first time since his first practice last Saturday. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jets QB Brett Favre spoke to the NY media for the first time since his first practice last Saturday. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
He’s human. Even the legendary quarterback with the rock star status gets tired. In this his fifth practice of Jets training camp, Brett Favre said he felt his age.

“My arm’s kinda draggin a little bit today. It’s not really sore, but fatigued,” Favre said after Wednesday’s morning practice.

Favre was quick to say there was no pain, but that his legs are a little bit fatigued. He is 38 after all, and he’s got some catching up to do.

“I’m surprised that up to this point I’m doing okay,” he said. “I’ve adapted to not only the team but the system. This system’s not easy.”

While practice has been going smoothly according to Favre, he wasn’t overly pleased with his throws Wednesday morning. He threw an interception to S Abram Elam, a pass that was intended for WR Laveranues Coles. He also had some incompletions in his first practice with music during his reps.

Evidently Head Coach Eric Mangini wanted to hear Favre’s cadences at the line. Maybe it was the music, but Favre capitalized on his first shot at the 2-minute offense.

Starting off down 20-17, Favre was nearly picked by CB Hank Poteat. After a pass intended for Coles was incomplete, TE Dustin Keller had a false start. Favre made up for it though on the next play, a 20-plus yard strike to WR Jerricho Cotchery. Favre next hit Baker in the right flat for a few yards and then Keller for five more before getting a delay-of-game penalty. The next play was huge when after a pump fake, Favre unloaded a bomb. The ball hung in the air for a while before Keller pulled it in for the touchdown.

Mangini was pleased with Favre’s 2-minute offense.

“Well, looked pretty good at the end. We only needed three, he got seven. That always helps,” Mangini said at his post-practice presser.

QB Kellen Clemens ran the 2-minute drill after Favre, and moved the ball on a few quick hitters before having to settle for three. K Mike Nugent was successful on his 53-yard attempt to close out the longest practice of training camp thus far.

It was a long and uneventful practice that was so due to running a lot of the plays off cards to prepare the players for game situations

“It was a little bit different today because we were working off cards. During the regular season everything is going to be off cards. The team learning how to practice off cards, the show-team learning to practice off cards,” Mangini said about the length of practice.

Some of the players were wearing maroon and gold jerseys over their Jets jerseys to mimic this Saturday’s opponent, the Redskins.

Wednesday’s practice came after Tuesday’s day off, intended to nurse soreness and kick out lactic acid.

The morning’s most famous lap was Favre with C Nick Mangold after a dropped snap. The two took off around the field as the crowd applauded and cheered.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Coles Still Mum

Laveranues Coles still hasn’t spoken with media since the arrival of Favre and the departure of Chad Pennington. Coles had a solid friendship with his former QB. Favre has spoken with LC.

“I had a little talk with him today. I said, ‘Look, I’m not here to take Chad’s spot or replace him or whatever. It is what it is. I don’t think I’ve ever beaten Chad. Those two guys had a great rapport together. I’m here to help you guys win, and I hope you respect me for that,” Favre said. “I’m not gonna come in here and promise that I can throw him 90 balls. All I can promise is that I’m gonna do everything I can to not only help him, but to help this team win.”

He told Coles to let whatever he had with Chad to continue.

“He’ll realize that I’m an easy-going guy and easy to work with. You drop a ball, so what? I throw bad passes,” Favre said. “We’re in this thing together, and I’d like us to come out of it together.

Jammin at Practice

When asked at the press conference about finally playing music during Favre’s reps, Coach Mangini asked the reporter if he liked rap. Someone who definitely liked it was DB/PR Darrelle Revis, who was spotted dancing on the sidelines to Lil Wayne’s “Got Money Feat. T-Pain.”

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Mangini if he thinks Favre likes Lil Wayne.

“I don’t think he’s a huge Lil Wayne guy, but he’s open-minded. I’ll talk to him about it and see what he thinks. We talked a little music the other day. I don’t know how many guys are gonna be big country fans, but we can adjust,” Mangini said.

Shaun Ellis May Play

Coach Mangini described Shaun Ellis’ chances of playing Saturday against Washington as “an outside shot,” although the coach did not seem overly optimistic.

Put Me In, Coach

Still learning the offense, sure, but when asked about his playing time this Saturday, Favre said he’s excited about this week. Put simply, the veteran is itching to get out there.

“I did tell Eric [Mangini] on the phone the day before I came up that I wanna play as soon as possible. I woulda played three plays the other night, but that woulda been ugly,” Favre said after saying he’s here to help this team win, and that he’ll play his butt off. “They haven’t thrown everything at me, but I think I could manage a game okay.”

Injury Report

WR David Clowney was at one point helped off the field but seemed fine during interviews. Laveranues Coles was seen walking off the field with a slight limp after a play, but seemed all right as he walked it off on the sideline.

DE Shaun Ellis did not practice again this morning, and was still wearing a protective glove on his right hand. LB Jason Trusnik joined Ellis on the exercise bikes. Trusnik was still wearing a boot on his left foot.

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