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    Today's News - August 25, 2007.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...o_fly_yet.html


    Jets know they're not ready to fly yet
    BY RICH CIMINI
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
    Saturday, August 25th 2007, 4:00 AM

    Their new franchise running back, Thomas Jones, hasn't practiced in two weeks. The offensive line still isn't whole, for Pete's sake. Their prized rookie, Darrelle Revis, who could be a Week 1 starter, hasn't played a down. If that weren't enough, the Jets suddenly have a quarterback situation that bears watching.

    And they have only 15 days until the season opener against the Patriots.

    Eric Mangini's second preseason has been filled with uncertainty, and tinged with turmoil, creating a greater sense of urgency for the annual game against the Giants tonight at the Meadowlands. The outcome doesn't matter - few will remember it by Oct. 7, when they meet in the regular season - but this is a peace-of-mind game for the Jets.

    The issues:

    Chad Pennington. Another poor performance isn't going to cost Pennington his job, not even with Kellen Clemens gaining on him, but he can do a lot for his confidence - and the team's - with a nice rebound from last week's two-interception debacle.
    Mangini, trying to squelch the early whispers of a quarterback controversy, said he's "really happy" with Pennington. After a long week of practice, Pennington seemed upbeat about the State of Chad.

    "I need to tighten up some things - my footwork and ball security," said Pennington, who probably will play into the third quarter. "If I can get that accomplished, I'll be pretty happy with things."

    What Pennington needs more than anything is game action. He has attempted only 10 passes in two games, completing seven for 40 yards. Look for him to throw at least 20 times against the Giants' shaky pass defense, which would make him ready for the regular season. It also would be nice to score a touchdown; the first-team offense has yet to reach the end zone.

    The left guard mess. The Jets unloaded a headache, trading the disgruntled Pete Kendall to the Redskins, but now they have another headache: finding a replacement. Rookie Jacob Bender is expected to start after practicing the entire week with the regulars, but Adrien Clarke and Adrian Jones remain in the competition, according to team officials.
    Bender is smart and tough, but his pass-protection skills need a lot of work. He played in a triple-option offense at Nicholls State, a Division I-AA school, so he wasn't required to pass-block. Do you think Pennington might be a bit concerned? He has a right to be.

    "There are a lot of things we like about (Bender) - his work ethic and his physicality at the line of scrimmage," GM Mike Tannenbaum said.

    If Bender doesn't lock up the job tonight, the Jets will scour the market as teams around the league make cuts.

    Revis. After a 20-day contract dispute and five practices, the first-round pick will see his first game action at cornerback. The former Pitt standout could start tonight for Andre Dyson, who has been hampered by a leg injury throughout camp. If Revis fares well, the Jets might be inclined to leave him in the lineup, opposite David Barrett, who has nailed down the other starting job.

    "I'm progressing every day. It's starting to come to me now," said Revis, who also may get a chance to return kickoffs and punts. "I'm starting to make plays (in practice)."

    GIANT PAINS: Jones (calf), CB/KR Justin Miller (hamstring) and S Eric Smith (leg) are not expected to play ... Bubble players who need strong performances include QB Marques Tuiasosopo, DE Kimo von Oelhoffen, DE Michael Haynes, LB Anthony Schlegel, LB Andre Wadsworth, DT C.J. Mosley and WR Frisman Jackson.

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    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08252007..._sharpener.htm

    IT'S A PENN SHARPENER
    CHAD AIMS TO FIND FOCUS
    By LENN ROBBINS

    August 25, 2007 -- Now that the Pete Kendall saga is over, the Jets kindly request that everyone goes back to focusing on football.

    Whether that's good news or bad has a lot to do with how Gang Green, especially quarterback Chad Pennington, performs tonight in a preseason game against the Giants.

    There's always debate how much importance should be placed on preseason games, but it would be disconcerting if Pennington and Co. played as poorly as they did last week in a 37-20 loss to the Vikings. Pennington was 7-of-10 for 40 yards and was picked off twice.

    "I feel good," Pennington said. "We've had some good practices getting to the end of training camp. Now you start to focus on resting and taking care of your body and try to get geared up for the regular season and use these next few opportunities to hone some things.

    "But it's not the end of the world. The game of football is going to create some adversity and challenges and you've got to be able to attack those challenges and face those challenges head on. You have to realize that in the preseason you do everything you can to be successful and if something doesn't work out, you move on and learn from it."

    The Jets were one of the surprise teams in the NFL last season, posting a 10-6 record, and there are playoff expectations in '07. Pennington rebounded from a second shoulder surgery to complete almost 65 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

    Clearly he must increase the number of scoring passes and cut down on the picks if the Jets, who face a more difficult schedule than last year, are to match or better that 10-6 mark.

    "Chad to me is such a consistent guy, which is really what you're looking for, his approach, and I experienced this all last season," Eric Mangini said. "His approach stays the same and his work ethic stays the same, and he's just very focused at having everything as precise as possible."

    Pennington hasn't had much of an opportunity to display his precision. He could see more work against the Giants. Certainly Pennington has questions about his offensive line in the wake of the trade of Kendall to the Redskins and the promotion of rookie Jacob Bender to the first team at left guard.

    "We're making progress," Pennington said. "We're still ironing some things out and doing some different things. We're trying to work on some of the details of the fundamentals that we want to get better at and start to prepare ourselves even more and be more detailed. This is just the next step in a long process."

    As a team and as an offense we want to be able to feel comfortable and confident in what we're doing and always understand that we're trying to get better and enjoy the process each week, including the whole season. You want to keep making progress, and that's what we're focused on."

    lenn.robbins@nypost.com

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    http://www.newsday.com/sports/footba...,5223522.story

    Pennington looking for momentum in Jets-Giants game
    BY TOM ROCK | tom.rock@newsday.com
    8:35 PM EDT, August 24, 2007

    Chad Pennington won't be playing for his starting job when the Jets face the Giants Saturday night. He'll be playing for something that might even be more important: Momentum.

    After playing without throwing a pass in the first preseason game, and unlikely to play in next week's preseason finale, Pennington will have only this game to put the memories of last week's two-interception performance to rest. After this, his next live play will probably come on Sept. 9 against the Patriots.

    "It's not the end of the world," Pennington said of his struggles against the Vikings. "The game of football is going to create some adversity and challenges and you've got to be able to attack those challenges and face those challenges head on. You have to realize that in the preseason you do everything you can to be successful and if something doesn't work out, you move on and learn from it."

    Pennington has shown a well-documented knack for shaking off shaky games. Although he threw a career-high 16 interceptions last year, he never had back-to-back games with more interceptions than touchdowns. While it won't be necessary for him to turn his fortunes in this game, it would certainly make just about everybody on the Jets more at ease if the 2006 comeback player of the year makes a bit of a 2007 preseason comeback.

    Coach Eric Mangini said earlier in the week that he was comfortable with his decision to name Pennington the starter during the offseason, even though projected backup Kellen Clemens has looked sharp and thrown four preseason touchdowns. When asked if there was anything Pennington could do -- or more appropriately not do well -- against the Giants that could sway his confidence, Mangini didn't answer directly but expressed pleasure in what he's seen so far.

    "I'm really happy with Chad's offseason, and I'm really happy with what he's been doing in camp and OTAs," Mangini said. "I really like his consistency and his approach."

    After a two-interception game last week, the last thing the Jets need from Pennington is consistency.

    Notes"es: Rookies CB Darrelle Revis and G Jacob Bender will likely start ... CB Justin Miller (hamstring) could be available for the game after missing two weeks ... Mangini wouldn't disclose his quarterback rotation, but he did say he'd like to see more of third-stringer Marques Tuiasosopo in game situations. Of course, he said almost the same thing of Brooks Bollinger last year and then traded him before he had a chance to play ... The Jets lead the preseason series against the Giants 19-18 with one tie ... Recently traded G Pete Kendall's contract with the Redskins is for $2.7 million this season and $2.3 million in 2008.

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    Hear no evil
    Saturday, August 25, 2007
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    Star-Ledger Staff

    Although Chad Pennington threw two interceptions -- both returned for touchdowns -- in the first quarter of last Friday's 37-20 drubbing by the Minnesota Vikings, he wonders what all the fuss is about. He dismisses the notion that tonight's preseason clash with the Giants is crucial to his future.

    Second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens has made up ground in a hurry this summer, but Pennington brushes aside talk of a quarterback controversy and scoffs at the suggestion that he's looking over his shoulder.

    Regardless of what happens against the Giants, Pennington will undoubtedly start the season opener against the Patriots on Sept. 9 at Giants Stadium, but coach Eric Mangini could turn to Clemens sooner rather than later if Pennington doesn't get the offense going.

    Pennington will start tonight and likely play at least two quarters, if not more. Clemens is also expected to get work. It's unclear how much time multipurpose player Brad Smith or ex-Raider Marques Tuiasosopo will get behind center.

    "I feel good," Pennington said following the Jets' final practice this week. "We've had some good practices getting to the end of training camp. Now you start to focus on resting and taking care of your body and try to get geared up for the regular season and use these next few opportunities to hone some things.

    "But it's not the end of the world. The game of football is going to create some adversity and challenges and you've got to be able to attack those challenges and face those challenges head-on. You have to realize that in the preseason you do everything you can to be successful and if something doesn't work out, you move on and learn from it."

    Against the Vikings, both of Pennington's interceptions came on short passes and were simply bad decisions. Coming off his first rehab-free off-season in three years, Pennington says his arm feels show-room new.

    On his first interception, Pennington didn't see Vikings safety Darren Sharper on an attempt to Jerricho Cotchery over the middle and threw the ball directly to Sharper, who returned it 40 yards for the score. On the second, Pennington was under pressure and going down and tried to hit running back Leon Washington in the flat instead of throwing the ball away. Linebacker Chad Greenway stepped in front of the pass and raced 16 yards for the score.

    Pennington completed 7 of 10 passes for 40 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Vikings. He has led the Jets to just two field goals in six series this preseason.

    Conversely, Clemens has completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He has led the Jets to five touchdowns and a field goal in 10 series. To be fair, some of Clemens' success has come against second-string defenses.

    During training camp, Pennington, who didn't throw a pass in the first preseason game against the Falcons, had good days and bad but he's clearly the best quarterback on the roster -- at this moment. The fact he doesn't have a powerful arm, however, is highlighted when Clemens takes his reps and unleashes missiles.

    Pennington, though, uses his brain over brawn and has led the Jets to the playoffs in three of the past five seasons, including 2004, when he played with a torn rotator cuff that required post-season surgery.

    Mangini said repeatedly this week that his confidence in Pennington hasn't been shaken and he doesn't regret not having an open competition for the starting job while naming Pennington the starter last February. Last season, Mangini had a four-way competition at quarterback with Pennington, Clemens, Patrick Ramsey and Brooks Bollinger.

    "I'm really happy with Chad's off-season, and I'm really happy with what he's been doing in camp and OTAs," Mangini insists. "Chad to me is such a consistent guy, which is really what you're looking for, his approach stays the same and his work ethic stays the same. He's just very focused at having everything as precise as possible.

    Note: RB Thomas Jones (calf), CB Justin Miller (hamstring) and S Eric Smith (hamstring) will not play.

    Dave Hutchinson may be reached at dhutchinson@starledger.com

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    FIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE JETS
    Saturday, August 25, 2007
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    Star-Ledger Staff

    1. How will rookie LG Jacob Bender fare in his first start?

    The thinking was that the Jets would wait to see how Bender played against the Giants before trading veteran guard Pete Kendall. They didn't, and if Bender implodes, the Jets have issues on the offensive line.

    2. Will QB Chad Pennington bounce back from a subpar showing?

    Pennington insists there's nothing to worry about. He has a ton of weapons in WRs Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Justin McCareins, Brad Smith, rookie Chansi Stuckey and TE Chris Baker.

    3. When is the defense going to show up?

    Excuses, excuses, excuses from this bunch. The Vikings rolled up 167 yards rushing and the players say it's just the little things. We're not buying it.

    4. How will CB Darrelle Revis fare in his first game action?

    The Jets have the first-round pick playing cornerback and nickel back. The nickel position, which he never played in college, is a tall order because you're in the middle of the field and don't have the sidelines to help you. Revis, though, appears to be the real deal.

    5. Which unheralded rookie or free agent will claim a roster spot?

    LB Blake Costanzo, a Garfield native, S Raymond Ventrone, CB Manny Collins, a Rutgers product and Plainfield native, and RB Danny Ware are among those trying to catch the attention of the coaches.

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    That's it for today. Enjoy.

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    Oh, one other thing. I won't be around tomorrow, so if someone would like to take the reins, feel free.

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    I'm so ****ing sick and tired of Cimini it's not even funny. This ****ing guy hates Mangini so much he just sits back and waits for an excuse to rip the team either outwardly, like today's article, or subtly, like multiple articles in the past.

    I know we've rehashed this before but the guy is an A-1 prick. What other beat writer in the country holds such a grudge against the coach of the team that he openly routes against the team he is covering???

    I'm sure in his little world he thinks that when if things go south for the Jets he'll think that all of his piss poor writing helped get Managini and the front office fired. Just so his inflated ego can claim that he helped or caused them to get fired.

    And why does he hate Mangini???? No one really knows although I'm pretty damn sure that it's because Managini isn't like Herm. He doesn't give out information freely and....gasp....the beat writers now have to work to get their stories.

    Fat little lazy ****...I'm so sick of reading his ****. It's too bad, the Daily News was a stable of my morning internet reading...not any more...I'm done on that site until that dickhead is gone.

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    Important game for......

    Thanks for the info.............
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    wow, we are falling apart at the seams, or atleast that first article paints that picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradis
    wow, we are falling apart at the seams, or atleast that first article paints that picture.
    Just look at who wrote it.

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