Notebook: Vilma fires back

The chances of the Jets traveling to Albany next summer for another practice with the Giants, doesn't seem likely. The Giants feel the Jets went over the line last Saturday, especially on the hit by safety Kerry Rhodes on Giant Willie Ponder, that left the wideout spitting block, and with a rib injury.

"Nobody is happy with what went down," said Giants linebacker Barrett Green.

And the comments of Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma yesterday certainly didn't help mend fences.

"Please, this reminds me of college when teams would trash talk after we whup on them," said Vilma.

What we would like to ask Vilma, is how a team "whups on" a another team in a practice with no tackling, and minimal contact? This wasn't a game or scrimmage, but a practice. As Alan Iverson would say, "We are talking about practice."

No matter how you slice this, the Giants have a right to be ticked off about this situation, and it would be an upset if the Jets-Giants practice takes place next year . . .

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington might have had his best practice of the summer. After starting off poorly with a bad decision on an out route that was picked off by safety Oliver Celestin, he made a number of nice throws, including three beauties to wide receiver Justin McCareins, and a touchdown to tight end Chris Baker.

Pennington will not play in the preseason opener against Detroit. He says that has been the plan for several months. As far as playing in the Jets second preseason game against Minnesota, that hasn't been decided yet.

"Week Two is a day-by-day decision," said Pennington . . .

Herman Edwards plans on giving tailback Curtis Martin a total of 25 carries this summer. That number worked so well for him last year, they are going to handle it the same way this year . . .

With linebacker Eric Barton being held out of the Jets preseason opener due to tendonitis, second-year linebacker Darrell McClover will likely get the start on the weakside. McClover has had a quiet camp. He's got tremendous straight-line speed for a linebacker, but doesn't make many plays. He has to show he has the instincts to play the position. Speed is only going to take him so far . . .

Edwards' wife Lia is scheduled to give birth to couple's second child Wednesday night . . .

Cornerback Ty Law hasn't participated in any practices since joining the Jets. He has spent most of his time working out with Jets strength coach Marcus Paul. Law and Paul know each other from New England, where Paul was the assistant strength coach . . .

The way cornerback Justin Miller struggled in the morning practice, it makes you wonder if the Jets made a big mistake releasing veteran cornerback Ray Mickens. Miller is clearly a feast-or-famine player right now, and he needs a lot of technique work . . .

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