Edwards had the team run extensively after the Saturday practice. Some people thought it was a punishment, but it was actually by design. The coach wants the team to still be fresh in overtime, so he he thinks this running will help.
"You can't be tired," said Edwards. "You want your best players to have more energy than the other team in overtime."
The Jets played four overtime games last year . . .
The Jets coaches and trainers were wondering how Chad Pennington would respond today, after throwing on consecutive days (Friday and Saturday). The results were mixed. The best way to describe his practice would be "average."
"He's not 100 percent yet," said Edwards. "He had big-time surgery. He's not all the way back yet. He needs to get his bearings back. It doesn't matter how good you are, you have to practice."
But one pass in this practice had to excite Jets brass. Pennington unleashed a rocket 50 yards down the middle of the field to WR Justin McCareins for a touchdown. It was a perfect spiral . . .
Speaking of quarterbacks, Jets fourth string QB Kevin Eakin has a tremendous arm, clearly the best of all the signal-callers in camp. He threw a rocket in between defenders over the middle to WR Chas Gessner. Eakin, who was a standout this past spring in NFL Europe, is a strong practice squad candidate . . .
A couple of longshots looked good in the afternoon practice - LB Dennis Haley and WR Jovan Witherspoon. Haley, an undrafted free agent linebacker out of Virginia, actually got some reps with the first team in practice. He learned a lot about how to play linebacker from former Jets linebacker coach and head coach - Al Groh, the Virginia head coach . . .
In the morning practice, Mike Nugent not only displayed his outstanding ability as a field goal kicker, but did a real good job with on-side kicks.
"He has a knack for on-side kicks," said Edwards . . .
G Pete Kendall seemed to hurt his leg in the afternoon practice, getting up slow after colliding with a defensive lineman. The resilient Kendall, limped back the huddle, and continued to practice . . .
Aside from his powerful left leg, Australian punter Ben Graham is also known for his great sense of humor. He recently walked into an Outback Steakhouse on Long Island, an Australian-style restaurant, and in his heavy Aussie accent, asked the manager if he they had any openings.