It was helmets, shoulder pads, and a "mock football" game for the Jets today, in front of a near-capacity crowd at the team’s new and much more fan-friendly practice field at Hofstra today.
It was helmets, shoulder pads, and a "mock football" game for the Jets today, in front of a near-capacity crowd at the team’s new and much more fan-friendly practice field at Hofstra today. Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde and Brooks Bollinger each ran 2 full series in rotation as the offense and defense squared off with the clock running.
Pennington looked crisp, most notably hooking up with Curtis Conway for a couple of 15+ yard completions. He overthrew Chrebet by 5 yards on a deep pattern – Wayne had a couple of steps on Aaron Beasley on the play action down the left sideline – although it should be noted that Pennington was throwing with a stiff tailwind at his back. “Just like the conditions at the stadium we play in,” noted Coach Herm Edwards.
Rookie quarterback Brooks Bollinger had a nice showing, drawing praise from Edwards after the session had ended. “He always makes plays,” said the coach. “He knows how to play football.” Bollinger got into a groove on his first series with free agent tight end/punter Dallas Neil (most recently of the Atlanta Falcons practice squad), connecting with Neil for two 20+ yard completions followed by a 15 yard TD over the middle. Bollinger also laid a 40 yarder on the money down the right sideline, only to have it dropped by wide receiver Jonathan Carter, who had made a nice move on defenders Troy Grant and Ralph Parent to get open. Carter redeemed himself with a nice 35 yard TD grab from Bollinger later on, and also showed nice moves on a 15 yard reverse. The only noticeable blemish on Bollinger’s day was not seeing a wide open Phil McGeoghan in the end zone, and instead throwing it away from the 30.
Other notables from this reporter's vantage point were linebackers Khary Campbell, who stepped up to put a stiff lick on Lamont Jordan at the line, and Victor Hobson, who showed quickness coming around the left side to meet Jerald Sowell just as he took a handoff from Bollinger. Rookie Ian Smart impressed on kickoff returns, taking one over the 50.
Herm Edwards had the team practice lining up for the National Anthem before the session. “We’re representing our country when we go over there (Japan).” Pity the poor guys who didn’t line up properly. Edwards was heard instructing the aerial cameraman to videotape the Anthem lineup practice. “See if they do it right, so I can call them out if they don’t,” he shouted up to the cameraman. -Mark Hove