Morning Jet Notes

In their first work back after a long postseason layoff the New York Jets were in high spirits this morning, for their first of two practices scheduled for today

A main story line that keep coming up this morning were the high expectations on second year starting quarterback Chad Pennington. Last year Pennington threw for 22 touchdowns, and 3,120 yards. Pennington played in 12 games as the starter, during which he complied an 8-4 record.

… "I think you will see his (Chad's) leadership role step up even more," said head coach Herman Edwards. "With the team, after what he did last year, that role will pick up. I think he will be harder on himself. He's a confident guy as far as what he expects from the players. He'll take a lot of it on his shoulders"

Backup quarterback Vinny Testaverde gave his vote of confidence to Pennington. "I think Chad will be more relaxed this season. He will know what to expect from the players, and coaches, and he will know that he has my support." Testaverde later joked when asked a question about his age (40) "as long as Chad keeps playing well my career can go on forever." Running back Curtis Martin also chimed in with his thoughts on Pennington saying "We no longer look at Chad as a younger brother, we now look at him as a leader, we are depending on him," said Martin. …

The wide receiver topic was also a subject of much discussion. "We have two guys that have caught 500 balls," said offensive coordinator Paul Hackett. He was referring to Wayne Chrebet, and the new addition to the offense Curtis Conway. Early word on Conway is that he is progressing fast and understands what the Jets are trying to accomplish from an offensive standpoint. "Curtis is a real crafty wide receiver," said Testaverde. ‘ Conway understands the system, he's a consistent player, and he is doing stuff really well, real early on."

Entering his third year in the offense former first round pick Santana Moss was drawing some praise from his head coach. "I want Santana to be a productive player," said Edwards. "If he touched the ball seven or eight times a game he can be a productive player. We have to get the ball in his hands"

… The morning practice ran until roughly 10:35. The players ran 11 on 11 half field passing, running, and special teams drills. After that they broke off for seven on sevens. Brooks Bollinger showed a surprisingly impressive arm in intermediate passing situations, and wide receiver Jon Carter showed off his speed and explosiveness in the special teams drills.

… The New York Jets have placed center Dennis O'Sullivan(elbow), and cornerback Will Hunter(ankle) on the physically unable to perform list. General manager Terry Bradway made the announcement. O'Sullivan is a third year player from Tulane University, and Hunter is a rookie free agent out of Syracuse University.

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