Pennington to play more against the Eagles?

Chad Pennington has never thrown an interception in the red zone during a regular season game, but he was picked off twice in the end zone in the Jets' preseason loss to the Giants last week.

The first pick came as Chad Pennington tried to hit Laveranues Coles with a 10-yard fade in the corner, only to put it in the cradling arms of Giants cornerback Corey Webster.

The second came in the closing minutes of the first half and the Jets with a first-and-goal at the 1. This time Pennington threw at tight end Chris Baker and Giants defensive end Michael Strahan came across to snare it.

"We just can't turn the ball over," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "We've driven the ball, but the problem is when you turn the ball over in the gold area and you don't score points. That's not good."

Pennington was 5-of-11 for only 36 yards with two interceptions and was sacked twice, a tough performance to swallow considering Pennington was 9-of-10 the game before.

"When you get into the red zone you want to be aggressive, but when you don't have the look that you want to take care of the football, you don't want to squander three points," Pennington said.

"You have to come away with three when you get inside the 20. I shouldn't have forced it. I should have went for another down."

Because of off-season shoulder surgery, Pennington was shelved for all of the team's minicamps, OTAs, and the first preseason game, tough playing time to miss considering the Jets were installing a new offense under new coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.

That's why the Jets might consider playing Pennington more in this week's preseason finale against the Eagles. While tradition calls for the starter to play just a few series, he could get most of the first half if the coaching staff thinks he needs it.

Still, coach Herman Edwards seems to indicate otherwise, because Pennington has had trouble staying healthy thus far in his young career.

"I anticipate doing the same thing. You do (want to play them more), but you also understand the big picture. For the most part, what we have to do is we have to have a good practice session this week," Edwards said. "I think it's very, very important to get some continuity going with our offense. It really just boils down to what we're going to become on offense and play to our strengths. That's the whole key between now and when we open up at Kansas City."


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