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    Jets backup QB's scramble no snap decision for gang green

    Jet backup QBs scramble
    No snap decision for Gang
    By JULIAN GARCIA
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

    Eric Mangini thinks "the best players should play." He's also confident rookies can contribute, regardless of their positions.

    Given that, it seems Kellen Clemens has a reasonable chance to be the Jets' No.2 quarterback when the season begins Sept.10 in Tennessee. That's assuming Chad Pennington is the starter, and since Mangini hasn't made that announcement yet, he's probably not ready to reveal his No.2 guy.

    Whoever wins the job will have earned it since the three men involved in the battle - Clemens, Patrick Ramsey and Brooks Bollinger - have all said the competition has been difficult, especially on their psyches. It's also been close, statistically speaking.

    After two preseason games, it's hard to say which QB has been the most productive.

    Clemens, the second-round pick this year out of Oregon, has led the Jets to 10 points in six possessions.

    Ramsey, the veteran who spent four years in Washington before being traded to the Jets in March, has led the Jets to seven points in five possessions.

    Bollinger, heading into his fourth season as a Jets backup, has led the team to six points in three possessions.

    Pennington has yet to lead the Jets to any points but has been on the field for just two possessions. That will change against the Giants on Friday, when Pennington is expected to play the majority of the first half. That means there will be less time for any of the backups to impress Mangini.

    Though Ramsey would appear to have the inside track based on his experience - he's started 24games - Mangini says anyone can win the job. And the players involved believe him, so the pressure is mounting.

    "If Coach Mangini says it's a four-way competition, then that's what it is," Clemens said. "I just try to get better each day and hopefully I've done that."

    Clemens said he feels like he's been on an "upward trend" since the start of training camp. Regardless, his roster spot is likely safe since the Jets used a high draft pick to get him. The Jets also gave Ramsey a one-year, $2.1million contract extension in July, $250,000 of which is guaranteed.

    That leaves Bollinger as the apparent man out should the Jets decide to keep three quarterbacks. Following Saturday's game in Washington, during which he went 10-for-16 for 69yards and led the Jets on a 23-play drive that ended with a field goal, Bollinger admitted that competing with two other players for the backup job - and most likely just two roster spots - are weighing on him.

    "In this league, there are always 15 people evaluating you, everything you do, every day," he said. "It is difficult at times but if you get caught up in it, you handicap yourself."

    The backup quarterback job, and even the No.3 job, should be of particular importance to the Jets. Last season, they lost their starter, Pennington, and backup, Jay Fiedler, in the same game.

    Mangini said he wants to be sure that if a similar situation occurs this season, the Jets will be in good hands.

    "I think whoever gives us the best chance to win, then they should be the one who is playing," Mangini said.

    Originally published on August 23, 2006

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    [QUOTE=bill parcells]Jet backup QBs scramble
    No snap decision for Gang
    By JULIAN GARCIA
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    Pennington has yet to lead the Jets to any points but has been on the field for just two possessions. That will change against the Giants on Friday, when Pennington is expected to play the majority of the first half. That means there will be less time for any of the backups to impress Mangini.

    Ever since chad had that wrist injury against the Giants I get a little anxious in the anual pre-season meeting with Big Blue

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